22 August 2022

ACT's active COVID-19 cases keep falling; 213 infections reported

| Lottie Twyford
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Active cases of COVID-19 have fallen to 1750 in the ACT as Health reports 213 new cases overnight. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The Territory has recorded 213 new COVID-19 infections in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday.

It’s a slight jump from yesterday when 186 cases were recorded – the lowest number of daily infections seen locally since Christmas Day last year.

Since the pandemic began, ACT Health has reported 200,553 COVID-19 infections.

Active cases have continually fallen over recent days. They have now dropped to 1750.

Likewise, hospitalisations have been declining slowly. There are now 121 patients in hospital with COVID-19. Of these, one is in the ICU, but no one requires ventilation.

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ACT Health’s weekly epidemiological report – published last Friday (19 August), confirmed active cases had fallen to levels comparable with February this year.

But the directorate stressed the Territory’s hospitals continued to care for high numbers of patients impacted by COVID-19.

As expected, case numbers fell for the fifth week in a row.

A total of 2877 new cases were reported in the week ending Sunday, 14 August, compared to 4392 in the previous week.

The seven-day rolling case mean (PCR and RATs) also decreased to 400-500 cases per day, compared to 500-700 cases a day in the previous week.

ACT Health confirmed this is the lowest 7-day rolling case mean (PCR and RATs) recorded in the ACT since early February 2022.

The 7-day rolling case rate decreased for all age groups.

Total PCR tests also decreased from 14,248 to 12,365. Test positivity also dropped from 18 per cent to 13 per cent.

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Interstate, NSW has reported four deaths overnight and 5013 new cases of COVID-19.

There are now 1962 people in hospital with the virus and 50 patients in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has recorded six deaths overnight and 2600 cases of COVID-19.

There are 414 people hospitalised with the virus and 28 patients in the state’s intensive care units.

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