ACT records 15 new cases; two more high schools hit by COVID-19

Lottie Twyford 24 November 2021
Lyneham High School

Lyneham High School has once again been impacted by a COVID-19 case with all year nine and ten students asked to stay home today. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

UPDATED 11 am: The ACT has recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday.

A total of 3187 negative tests were received in the 24 hours to 9 am today. There are currently 188 active cases in the ACT.

Of the Territory’s 12-plus population, 97.4 per cent are now fully vaccinated.

There are a total of six active and cleared cases in ACT hospitals as at 8 pm yesterday, including three in intensive care and two are being ventilated.

Yesterday, the ACT recorded 19 new cases of COVID-19.


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ACT Health has confirmed two additional high schools have been affected by COVID-19.

Mount Stromlo High School was exposed to the virus on Monday, 22 November, while Lyneham High School was exposed on Tuesday, 16 Novemebr to Thursday, 18 November.

Year 9 and 10 students at Lyneham High School have been asked to stay at home today, while year 7 and 8 students can continue to attend school.

According to the school’s website, ACT Health is currently in the process of conducting connection tracing. People who are required to quarantine and get tested are expected to receive a message today.

The Holy Spirit Catholic Parish Gungahlin Church – Holy Communion (first Eucharist) service on Friday, 19 November, between 6 pm and 7:15 pm is now listed as a close contact exposure site.

According to a post on its Facebook page, the church is now closed for cleaning in accordance with ACT Health standards. There will be no weeknight masses this week but the church will reopen on Saturday, 27 November, for Christmas lights and service.


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In NSW, there are 248 new cases and two deaths.

There are 195 people in hospitals across the state with the virus and 35 in ICU.

NSW Health said 94.4 per cent of the 16-plus population has had their first dose, and 92 per cent has had two doses.

In Victoria, there are 1196 new cases and three deaths.

There are 284 Victorians hospitalised with COVID-19, and 89 per cent of the state’s eligible population (12 and over) is fully vaccinated.


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