The ACT has recorded 938 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday, and there are now 25 people in hospital, including four in intensive care with three being ventilated.
This brings the number of active cases in the ACT to 5681.
But with the change to testing requirements, the real number of people with COVID-19 is believed to be much more. There have been 4279 negative test results received in the 24 hours to 9 am today.
The number of ACT residents aged 12 and over who are fully vaccinated remains steady at 98.5 per cent, while 22.5 per cent of that cohort have received a booster shot.
Today’s figures come as the ACT started vaccinating children aged five to 11, and a walk-in clinic opened at a section of the Garran Surge Centre for people requiring treatment for COVID-19 and other unrelated conditions and injuries.
More than 11,000 bookings have been made available for children to be vaccinated from today. Back to school arrangements remain the same, and National Cabinet is working on harmonising dates and approaches across the nation.
To book a vaccination, visit covid19.act.gov.au.
The ACT Government has also been forced to close some of its services to cope with the rising number of cases and a combination of staff having to isolate or being on leave.
Access Canberra says it has temporarily closed the Woden and Belconnen service centres to manage the risk of exposure to staff and provide certainty to clients.
The Tuggeranong and Gungahlin Service Centres, the Hume Motor Vehicle Inspection Station, the Mitchell Land, Planning and Building Services Centre and the Dickson Service Centre (Land Titles Office only) will remain open.
Both the Woden and Erindale libraries are closed today due to a lack of staff.
The ACT Government is expecting a million Rapid Antigen Tests from NSW and is working on how they will be distributed, as well as how those who test positive can notify ACT Health, which could be available this week.
NSW has suffered its worst number of daily deaths recorded during the pandemic, with 18 people dying from COVID-19.
There were 20,293 COVID-19 cases and 2030 in hospital, with 159 people in intensive care, up from 151 the previous day.
The Governor-General General David Hurley and NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole have both tested positive.
Victoria reported 34,808 new cases and two deaths, with 818 people now in hospital, with 118 patients in intensive care, including 28 on ventilators.
The number of people in hospital is now just below the state’s all-time high of 851 after 450 patients were admitted in the past fortnight.