9 March 2022

ACT records 658 new infections; Prime Minister warns COVID-19 uncertainty not over

| Lottie Twyford
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said COVID-19 uncertainty is here to stay. Photo: Screenshot.

Case numbers have jumped slightly, with ACT Health announcing 658 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday (7 March).

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has used his opening address at the Australian Financial Review Business Summit to warn COVID-19 uncertainty will linger for some time yet as new variants could arrive in the coming months.

Mr Morrison said while the worst of the Omicron storm had now been weathered, there were still challenges ahead.

“The worst workforce and broader economic impacts from the latest strain seem to be behind us, and we welcome that,” he said.

Mr Morrison said he was also pleased to see the country “whole again” now that Western Australia had opened its state border.

National Cabinet will meet on Friday (11 March) to review each state and territory’s preparations ahead of an expected winter surge of COVID-19 cases.

Local health authorities have previously expressed concerns about a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases coinciding with the first major flu season in two years.

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The 658 new cases announced today (8 March) have been identified from 311 PCR and 347 RAT. With the additional cases, there are now 3757 (1703 PCR and 2054 RAT) active cases in the Territory.

Yesterday, 553 new cases were reported.

There are now 43 people in hospital with COVID and two people in ICU, with both requiring ventilation. Yesterday, there were 39 people in hospital.

Since the pandemic began, 55,321 (37,916 PCR and 17,405 RAT) cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the ACT.

The vaccination rate for the ACT’s 12-plus population remains 98.6 per cent and 69.5 per cent of residents aged 16 and older have received a booster.

Of ACT residents aged five to 11, 78.9 per cent have received one dose.

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Interstate, NSW has reported five deaths overnight and 13,018 new cases.

There are now 1070 people in hospital with the virus and 43 people in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has reported six deaths overnight and an additional 7043 cases of COVID-19.

There are now 203 people hospitalised with the virus and 29 patients in the state’s intensive care units.

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