28 February 2022

ACT records 464 new infections, one death; ICU remains free of COVID-19 patients

| Lottie Twyford
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The ICU has remained empty of COVID-19 patients for the second day in a row. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The ACT has recorded 464 new cases of COVID-19 in the last reporting period to 8 pm last night.

ACT Health has also confirmed the death of a man in his 80s with COVID-19, taking the Territory’s pandemic death toll to 34.

It’s unclear whether the man died in an aged care home, at home or in hospital.

It’s the third consecutive day that case numbers below 500 have been reported, and also only the third day this year that nobody has been in the ICU with COVID-19.

No COVID-19 patients were in the ICU yesterday, and the ICU was also free of COVID-19 patients on New Year’s Day.

The growth of the COVID-19 cluster at the Australian National University (ANU) has slowed considerably. There are now just over 700 people in student residences that have tested positive for the virus, ACT Health confirmed this morning.

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The ACT’s new cases today have been identified from 234 PCR and 230 RAT results and take the ACT’s active caseload to 3980 (1845 PCR and 2135 RAT).

There have now been 49,541 (34,703 PCR and 14,838 RAT) cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in the ACT.

The vaccination rate for the ACT’s 12-plus population remains 98.6 per cent, while 67.4 per cent of residents aged 16 and older have received a booster.

Of ACT residents aged 5 to 11, 78.3 per cent have received one dose.

There are now 44 people in hospital; yesterday there were 43.

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Interstate, NSW has reported six deaths overnight and 5856 new cases.

There are now 1136 people in hospital with the virus and 55 people in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has reported three deaths overnight and an additional 5852 cases of COVID-19.

There are now 283 people hospitalised with the virus in the state.

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