25 November 2021

ACT records eight new cases; dance school, gym contact sites

| Lottie Twyford
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The ACT has recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 overnight. Photo: Region Media.

The ACT has recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday.

A total of 2618 negative tests were received in the 24 hours to 9 am today. There are currently 177 active cases in the ACT.

Of the Territory’s 12-plus population, 97.5 per cent are now fully vaccinated.

Yesterday, the ACT recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional two high schools were listed as COVID-19 exposure sites.

The addition of Lyneham High School and Mount Stromlo High school took the total number of school campuses exposed to the virus since all students went back to school at the beginning of this month to 26.

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A number of new exposure sites were added to the ACT Government’s COVID-19 website yesterday evening and this morning.

Anyone who attended Louise May Dance Studio in Greenway on Monday, 14 November, between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm is considered a close contact.

New casual contact venues were also added.

Among them was Wanderlust’ gentleman’s club’ in Mitchell for Wednesday, 17 November, between 8 pm and 4 am the next day (Thursday, 18 November). It’s listed again for the same hours from Thursday evening through to 4 am on Friday, 19 November and again for the Friday evening from 8 pm until 4 am Saturday, 20 November.

People who were at Club Lime Gungahlin (Main Gym Area) on Friday, 19 November, between 5:30 am and 6:45 am and 4 pm and 4:45 pm is considered a casual contact.

Zaab, Braddon

Zaab Street Food in Braddon has been listed as a casual contact exposure location. Photo: Zaab.

Some hospitality and retail venues have also been listed as casual contact exposure sites.

On Thursday, 18 November, venues include the Designer Op Shop Emporium & Cafe in Fyshwick between 1:35 pm and 2:15 pm, and Mad Mex in the city between 10 am and 2 pm.

On Friday, 19 November, Common Grounds Cafe in Gowrie is listed as a casual contact site between 8:30 am and 10 am, and Assembly in Braddon is listed between 10 pm and midnight.

The Hellenic Club Woden (Ginseng Restaurant Only) is a casual contact exposure site between 1 pm and 3:30 pm on Saturday, 20 November. Zaab Street Food in Braddon is listed for Monday, 22 November, between 7 pm and 9 pm.

Other casual venues listed include a church and bank.

Church of Christ Ainslie is a casual site on Friday, 19 November, between 11:30 am and 2:15 pm while the Commonwealth Bank, Tuggeranong is listed as a venue of concern for Monday, 15 November, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm; Tuesday, 16 November, between 8:03 am and 4:30 pm; and Wednesday, 17 November, between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm.

See the ACT Government’s COVID-19 website for more details and instructions to follow as a close or casual contact.

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In NSW, there are 276 new cases and no deaths.

There are 191 people in hospitals across the state with the virus and 31 in ICU.

NSW Health said 94.4 per cent of the 16-plus population has had their first dose, and 92.1 per cent has had two doses.

The NSW Government’s COVID-19 committee is meeting today, with a decision about future mask rules expected.

While mask mandates were expected to be dropped when the state hits the milestone of 95 per cent fully vaccinated (predicted for 15 December), they may remain in place on public transport and other high-risk settings.

Unlike the ACT, where masks are no longer mandatory in most settings, NSW has kept the mask mandate in most indoor settings.

In Victoria, there are 1254 new cases and five deaths.

There are 310 Victorians hospitalised with COVID-19, and 90 per cent of the state’s eligible population (12 and over) is fully vaccinated.

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