The number of new COVID-19 cases in the ACT has fallen to 1467 from yesterday’s inflated figure, while the number in hospital has remained stable in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday.
The numbers come as the government brought forward a change in booster eligibility.
Yesterday, ACT Health reported a spike in new cases to 1860 but later said a backlog of Capital Pathology tests had contributed to this figure.
There are now 60 people in hospital, including five in intensive care and two requiring ventilation, compared with 63 reported yesterday, including six in ICU and two being ventilated.
The number of those in hospital with COVID-19 had been steadily rising by about 10 a day since last week.
But the run of deaths of people with COVID-19 has ended after four since Sunday’s report.
Modelling has suggested case numbers might have peaked by now under its most likely scenario, with hospital patients peaking tomorrow. The worst-case scenario pointed to the Omicron surge waning by the end of the month.
Modelling has indicated that hospital numbers would peak just shy of 100.
The latest cases number come from 654 PCR and 813 rapid antigen tests, taking the number of active cases in the ACT to 6655 (2916 PCR and 3739 RAT).
Five testing stations are open today – Garran (open 7:30 am to 9 pm), Mitchell (open 8 am to 10 pm), Nicholls (open 8 am to 4 pm), Holt (open 8 am to 4 pm) and Kambah (8 am to 4 pm), where RAT kits are available for eligible people (one test per person).
The ACT’s vaccination rate for residents aged 12 and over who have had two jabs is steady at 98.6 per cent.
About a third of those aged 18 and over have now received a booster shot (33.3%), while 34.2 per cent aged five to 11 have received one dose.
People aged 18 and over will now be able to receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine three months after receiving their second dose in the ACT.
This change had initially been slated to come into effect from 31 January 2022, but the government has brought it forward as vaccine supply in the ACT is plentiful and capacity is available at the ACT Government’s vaccination clinics.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said booster uptake in the ACT had so far been strong and this change would help increase coverage rates among the Territory’s adult population.
In NSW, a further 32 people have died as it recorded a further 32,297 new cases (12,450 RAT and 19,847 PCR) in the latest 24 hour reporting period.
There are 2863 patients in hospital with COVID-19, including 271 in UCU.
Victoria reported a further 18 deaths and 20,769 new cases, with 1173 in hospital and 125 in ICU, including 42 on ventilators.