8 September 2022

ACT records 179 COVID-19 infections; daily case number reporting comes to an end

| Lottie Twyford
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Rachel Stephen-Smith

ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith announced yesterday daily COVID-19 case numbers will cease after tomorrow in line with a new nationally consistent approach. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

ACT Health is reporting 179 (73 PCR and 106 RAT) new COVID-19 infections in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night, and daily reporting of caseloads will end tomorrow.

From next week, all jurisdictions will report weekly caseloads, deaths, hospitalisations and vaccination rates on Fridays. The first will be issued on Friday, 16 September.

ACT Health will continue to publish its detailed weekly epidemiological report on the same day.

Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said the winter wave had now passed and daily reporting was no longer as important as it had been previously.

“Weekly reporting will allow the public to stay informed about the level of COVID in the ACT and the impacts it is having on our health system and society more broadly,” Ms Stephen-Smith said.

“Of course, if there are any developments of concern, the government will alert the community.”

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Federal Health Minister Mark Butler said chief health officers supported the move.

“[It] will ensure high quality, accurate information is provided that sheds more light on COVID dynamics,” he said.

“This approach will bring national reporting in line with all the states and territories and support the analysis of COVID trends nationally and globally.

“The national report will be expanded to include trends-based analysis and oral antiviral treatment uptake.”

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There are 892 known active infections in the Territory, a number which has been continually falling.

Locally, a total of 203,786 cases have been reported since March 2020.

Hospitalisations remain steady. There are 87 people in hospital with the virus, with one person in the ICU requiring ventilation.

Yesterday, there were 89 people in hospital with the virus, with one in the ICU requiring ventilation.

COVID-19 vaccination data is reported weekly on Fridays.

Malkara School has sent three classes of students home to learn remotely. They will return to school tomorrow (Friday, 9 September).

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Interstate, NSW has reported 25 deaths overnight and 3334 new cases of COVID-19.

There are now 1530 people in hospital with the virus and 29 patients in ICUs around the state.

The state’s health department said it is notified of COVID-19-related deaths from a range of sources, and there is sometimes a delay between a death occurring and it being notified to NSW Health.

Victoria has recorded 24 deaths overnight and 2102 cases of COVID-19.

There are 227 people hospitalised with the virus and 15 patients in the state’s intensive care units.

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