A fully vaccinated Canberra man aged in his 20s with no underlying health conditions has died from COVID-19 in Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.
The tragic news comes as the ACT reported 992 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Wednesday, 5 January.
The additional cases of COVID-19 take the ACT’s total active caseload to 3565, and of these, 20 people are in hospital, including two in intensive care and two being ventilated.
A total of 2311 negative test results were recorded in the 24 hours to 9 am on Wednesday, 5 January. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the ACT since 12 March, 2020, is 8021.
The percentage of the eligible population who are now fully vaccinated is 98.5 per cent. ACT residents aged 18 and above who have received their booster shot is at 18.9 per cent.
ACT Health will no longer be classifying people as close or casual contacts. Instead, they will focus on the level of exposure someone may have had with a positive COVID-19 case, separating them into the categories of high, moderate or low.
ACT Health has asked the community to assess their personal risk and circumstances to check whether there is a high risk of having contracted COVID-19 and/or transmitting it to others.
Across the border, NSW reported 34,994 total new cases and six deaths in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Wednesday, 5 January.
There are currently 1609 people in hospital and 131 people in ICU in NSW.
In southern NSW, there were 322 new cases to 8 pm on Wednesday, 5 January. Of these, 63 are in the Queanbeyan Palerang local government Area, 23 are in the Yass Valley, eight in the Upper Lachlan, 31 in the Snowy Monaro, 84 in Goulburn Mulwaree, 24 in Eurobodalla, and 89 in Bega Valley.