6 January 2023

Four COVID-related deaths over Christmas, weekly case numbers drop

| James Coleman
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COVID 19 Screening Centre Closed at Garran due to weather. Canberra Hospital Photo: Michelle Kroll Region Media

More than 70 people are in hospital with COVID, according to the latest ACT Health report. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Four people have died with COVID over the Christmas/New Year break, despite a drop in reported infections of more than 1700.

ACT Health has been notified of four COVID-related deaths between 23 December and 6 January – a man in his 80s, a man in his 90s and two women in their 90s.

This takes the total number of deaths in the ACT since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 to 142.

According to the latest ACT Health report, there were 1436 new cases in the week to Thursday afternoon (5 January), down from the 3184 cases reported on the day before Christmas Eve.

There were 73 people in hospital, with seven in ICU and two on ventilators.

The latest cases brought the ACT’s total infections to 228,422 since March 2020. Of the new cases, 463 were found using the PCR testing method and 973 by RAT.

In terms of vaccinations, 76.5 per cent of people aged five to 15 have had two doses, 78.7 per cent of those aged 16-plus have had three jabs, and 65.7 per cent of those eligible over 50 have had the full four doses.

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Interesting how the media (not just Riotact) keeps giving vaccination rates like this… Only giving the two-dose rate for the young kids who aren’t eligible for more.
Perhaps it’s to hide the fact that over 95% of the ACT population is “fully vaccinated” yet we’re still getting a very large number of hospitalisations and deaths…

Older folk are more vulnerable to COVID (plus of course those with chronic illness), yet only 65.7 per cent of those eligible over 50 have had the full four doses and a bit over 20% over over 16’s have only had 2 Jabs.

That’s a lot of people with waiting immunity.

Vousie,
In what way are we still getting a very large number of hospitalisations and death?

The numbers are tiny in both real and relative terms from what they would have been without those high vaccination rates with the early Covid variants.

Vacination will not protect you against the future mutations of the virus. You would think people would try to get an understanding on how vacines work before they share their lack of wisdom.

Exactly DrLin, and what’s worse is the vaccines have created evolutionary pressure for the virus to mutate and become more immune evasive than they would have been. Basically, in the absence of a vaccine it would be one and done, everyone would catch it, there would be unfortunate loss of life of the 0.1% of the population but like India the 99.9% would be protected for life. Instead there is vaccine evading variants like XBB and has made this pandemic into a protracted nightmare fueling constant

Exactly DrLin and what’s worse is the vaccines have created evolutionary pressure on the virus to mutate. That is where XBB came from as the virus tried to evolve past the new vaccines introduced each year. The Spanish flu was over in 2 years yet COVID has been going on for 3+ and big pharma does not want this gravy train to end!

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