9 December 2021

ACT records four new COVID-19 cases; Deputy PM tests positive

| Lottie Twyford
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The ACT has recorded four new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night. Photo: Region Media.

The ACT has recorded four new cases of COVID-19 in the last reporting period to 8 pm last night, and while overseas, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has revealed he has tested positive for the virus.

With the new cases, there are now 76 active cases in the Territory. To 8 pm last night, there were 1645 negative test results recorded.

As of yesterday, 98.1 per cent of the Territory’s 12-plus population are now fully vaccinated. ACT Health was unable to provide updated vaccination data today.

There are a total of five active and cleared cases in ACT hospitals as of 8 pm yesterday, including two in intensive care and none on a ventilator.

Yesterday, the ACT recorded eight new cases of COVID-19 and ACT Health announced that a man in his 80s had become the 12th person to pass away with the virus.

No new schools have been listed as exposure sites on the government’s COVID-19 website, although several new casual contact exposure sites, including a gym and hospitality venues, have been identified.

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Anytime Fitness Macquarie is a casual contact site on Wednesday, 1 December, and Thursday, 2 December, between 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm on both days. On Sunday, 5 December, it’s listed between 8:20 pm and 9:20 pm.

The ‘Hypnotise Me’ event at the Harmonie German Club (Auditorium/Main Hall) has been listed on Friday, 3 December, between 8 pm and 10 pm.

On Saturday, 4 December, Monster Kitchen and Bar was exposed to the virus between 6 pm and 9:05 pm, as was Space Kitchen in Woden between 8:30 am and 10 am, and Yogurberry in Belconnen between 4:30 pm and 4:45 pm.

Visit the COVID-19 website for instructions to follow as a casual contact.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in the US.

He will now isolate there until he can return to Australia. Mr Joyce said he would use the time to catch up on work and occupy himself that way.

It’s understood Mr Joyce’s illness is mild at this stage. He’s fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Today in NSW, there are 420 new cases and one death.

There are 151 people in hospitals across the state with the virus and 25 in ICU.

NSW Health said 94.7 per cent of the 16-plus population has received their first dose, and 93 per cent has had two doses.

In Victoria, there are 1232 new cases and nine deaths.

There are 315 Victorians hospitalised with COVID-19, and more than 91 per cent of the state’s eligible population (12 and over) is fully vaccinated.

Across the entire state, there are 11,224 active cases of the virus.

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Stephen Saunders1:45 pm 09 Dec 21

Surprised the virus could get around his hat.

Capital Retro2:31 pm 09 Dec 21

He wears a hat to protect himself against skin cancer which has unfortunately advanced.

It is the third time this year he has been treated for skin cancer. In January, Mr Joyce had surgery to remove a stage one melanoma from his right shoulder.

He also had to take time out of the election campaign to have another surgery to remove a cancer from his neck and face.

Next time you want to make fun of someone about their health misfortunes do some research first.

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