16 June 2022

Daily COVID-19 cases cross the 1000 mark for the first time in almost a month

| Lottie Twyford
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There are currently 89 COVID-19 patients in the Territory’s hospitals. Photo: File.

The ACT has reported 1015 (547 PCR and 468 RAT) new COVID-19 infections. It’s the first time new daily infections have been over 1000 since Wednesday, 18 May, when 1098 new infections were recorded.

With the new cases recorded overnight, there are now 4604 (2315 PCR and 2289 RAT) active infections in the Territory.

A total of 143,656 (86,816 PCR and 56,840 RAT) COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Yesterday, 983 new cases of COVID-19 were reported and a record 97 people were in hospital with the virus.

Today, there are 89 COVID-19 patients being cared for in the ACT’s hospitals, including two in the ICU. One person requires ventilation.

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The double-dose vaccination rate for the ACT’s five-plus population remains 97.3 per cent and 77 per cent of residents aged 16 and older have received a booster.

Of ACT residents aged five to 11, 68.5 per cent have received two doses of vaccine.

The Kambah COVID-19 testing centre has re-opened to the public today following a brief closure yesterday afternoon due to a technical issue on site.

The Kambah centre is open daily from 8 am to 4 pm.

Drive-through COVID-19 testing is also available at Mitchell from 8 am to 6 pm daily.

Wait times at all testing centres were less than an hour at 10 am this morning.

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Some students at four ACT public schools are learning from home for a temporary period as teacher shortages continue to be exacerbated by the pandemic and other winter illnesses.

Senior students (Year 11 and 12) at the Woden School are at home for the remainder of this week, as are students in Year 9 and 10 at Namadgi School and P-K at Southern Cross Early Childhood School.

Students in Years 5 and 6 at Giralang Primary School will return to school on 23 June next week.

In the week ending Sunday, 12 June, 519 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in 72 ACT public schools (years K-12), according to the ACT Education Directorate.

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Interstate, NSW has reported 17 deaths overnight and 9117 new cases of COVID-19.

There are now 1334 people in hospital with the virus and 43 people in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has reported 22 deaths overnight and 7889 cases of COVID-19.

There are now 465 people hospitalised with the virus, while 27 patients are in the state’s intensive care unit.

NSW, Queensland and Western Australia all moved in line with the ACT yesterday to remove the in-terminal mask mandate from this weekend following a change in national health advice.

Canberra Airport subsequently announced it would drop any legal action against the ACT Government regarding the mask mandate.

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