4 August 2022

ACT records three COVID-19 deaths, pandemic death toll now 100; 641 new cases reported

| Lottie Twyford
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The Mitchell drive-through clinic had to be closed for a brief period this morning due to wild weather. Photo: Region.

Three people have died with COVID-19 in the last reporting period, taking the ACT to the sombre pandemic milestone of 100 deaths.

A man in his 70s, a woman in her 80s and a woman in her 90s have become COVID-19’s latest casualties.

The Territory has recorded eight COVID-19 deaths so far this week.

The ACT has also reported 641 (311 PCR and 330 RAT) new COVID-19 infections in the 24 hours to 8 pm.

There are now 147 people with the virus in Canberra Hospital. Of these, four are in the ICU and one requires ventilation.

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Yesterday, the Territory reported 889 COVID-19 infections and there were 143 patients in the hospital.

The wild weather being experienced in the Territory today led to the temporary closure of the Mitchell drive-through COVID-19 testing centre this morning.

According to an update on ACT Health’s Facebook page, the centre was able to reopen just before 9:30 am this morning.

That centre will now be open until 6 pm this evening. Testing is also available at Garran until 9 pm, Kambah until 4 pm and Holt until 4 pm.

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PCR testing numbers in the ACT remain high. The Territory has the highest PCR testing rate in the country.

In fact, ACT Health’s last weekly epidemiological report noted such high testing prevalence could be behind high local caseloads (on a per-capita basis) when compared with other jurisdictions.

In the last week to Sunday, 25 July, more than 18,000 COVID-19 PCR tests were conducted compared with almost 19,500 in the previous week.

The test positivity seven-day rolling mean has decreased slightly to 24 per cent compared with 27 per cent in the previous week.

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Active infections in the Territory continue to decline. There are now 4200 known cases and a total of 195,557 COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the pandemic began.

Yesterday, the ACT reported 889 cases and one death.

ACT Health is now providing weekly vaccination updates.

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Interstate, NSW has reported 33 deaths overnight and 14,387 new cases of COVID-19.

NSW Health says this death toll includes nine deaths notified through the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.

There are now 2213 people in hospital with the virus and 60 people in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has reported nine deaths overnight and 8785 cases of COVID-19.

There are now 723 people hospitalised with the virus and 37 patients are in the state’s intensive care units.

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