2 April 2022

ACT records 808 new COVID-19 infections as quarantine exemptions extended for recovered cases

| Lottie Twyford
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Vanessa Johnston, Deputy Chief Health Officer.

Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Vanessa Johnston. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The ACT has recorded 808 new cases of COVID-19 as the Territory’s health authorities announce a further easing of public health restrictions from next week.

There are now 43 people in hospital with the virus, including two in ICU and one requiring ventilation.

Yesterday, there were 1014 new cases, one death and 46 patients with COVID-19 in the Territory’s hospitals.

The 808 (432 PCR, 376 RAT) new cases of COVID-19 reported this morning take the Territory’s local active caseload to 5,832 (3,111 PCR and 2,721 RAT).

Since the pandemic began, 79,515 (51,143 PCR, 28,372 RAT) cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the ACT.

As of yesterday, the double-dose vaccination rate for the ACT’s five-plus population was 98.3 per cent, and 73.3 per cent of residents aged 16 and older had received a booster.

Of ACT residents aged five to 11, 53.1 per cent had received two doses.

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From 11:59 pm on Monday, 4 April, recovered COVID-19 cases will be exempted from further isolation and quarantine requirements for 12 weeks after they become a cleared case.

Currently, recovered cases are exempt for an eight-week period.

Furthermore, in line with advice from the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, which is also being implemented in other jurisdictions, including NSW, vaccinated travellers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the 13 weeks prior to their travel to Australia will no longer be required to undergo a test for COVID-19 upon arrival.

International aircrew will no longer be required to undergo COVID-19 testing if their next flight out of Australia is within 48 hours of entry.

Unvaccinated travellers aged 12 years and 2 months to 17 years who are travelling unaccompanied or with a vaccinated adult will no longer be required to notify ACT Health of their arrival. Also, these travellers will no longer be required to quarantine for a period of 7 days.

Acting ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Vanessa Johnston said ACT Health continues to review health measures to ensure they reflect the current COVID-19 situation in the ACT.

“While case numbers have increased in recent weeks, it is a promising sign that our hospital and ICU cases have remained stable, which is why we have been able to make some minor additional changes to our public health requirements,” she said.

ACT Health says it will also streamline administrative processes for individuals seeking a mandatory vaccination exemption due to medical reasons.

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Interstate, NSW has reported 13 deaths overnight and 20,389 new cases.

Victoria has reported three deaths overnight and an additional 9,149 cases of COVID-19.

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