13 December 2021

ACT records three new cases of COVID-19; no new weekend exposure sites

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

The ACT has recorded three new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

Including the new diagnoses, there are now 63 active cases in the Territory. To 8 pm last night, 1845 negative test results were recorded.

As of Friday (10 December), of the Territory’s 12-plus population, 98.2 per cent are now fully vaccinated. ACT Health has not yet provided updated vaccination data today.

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

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Yesterday, the ACT recorded only one new case of COVID-19. No new exposure sites or schools have been listed overnight on the ACT Government’s COVID-19 website.

Over the weekend, the Federal Government announced it would bring forward the booster program to allow people to access their third dose of vaccine after only a five-month interval.

It means an additional 1.5 million Australians are now eligible to receive their booster, the Federal Government said.

Initially, the booster shot had been intended to be given six months after the second dose, but fears about the Omicron variant have led to the changed advice.

Australians aged 18 and over can receive either Pfizer or Moderna as a booster, although Astra Zeneca remains available to those who cannot have mRNA vaccines for any reason.

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Elsewhere around the country, in NSW, there are 536 new cases and no deaths.

There are 171 people in hospitals across the state with the virus and 24 in ICU.

NSW Health said 94.8 per cent of the 16-plus population has received their first dose, and 93.1 per cent has had two doses.

In Victoria, there are 1290 new cases and two deaths.

There are 323 Victorians hospitalised with COVID-19, and as of Friday, 92 per cent of the state’s eligible population (12 and over) is fully vaccinated.

Across the entire state, there are 11,649 active cases of the virus.

Meanwhile, Queensland has reopened to all fully vaccinated Australian travellers after the state hit its 80 per cent vaccination milestone.

Since midnight last night, anyone who is fully vaccinated and travelling from an interstate hotspot is only required to return a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arrival.

The ACT, NSW and Victoria are all still classified as hotspots.

Another COVID-19 test is required on day five following arrival into the state. No quarantine is required if these criteria are met.

There have been emotional scenes at airports and land borders in Queensland as families and loved ones reunite after months apart.

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