28 December 2021

UPDATED: ACT records 252 new COVID cases

| Katrina Condie
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The ACT has hit a new COVID case record. Photo: Region Media.

The ACT has recorded 252 new cases of COVID-19 to 8 pm last night.

Yesterday there were 189 new cases.

The ACT’s active caseload is now 908.

Of the Territory’s 12-plus population, 98.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

A total of 2980 negative test results were recorded in the past 24 hours.

For the latest exposure site information, visit covid19.act.gov.au.

NSW has recorded 6062 COVID-19 cases and one death in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

There are 557 people in hospital with COVID, of which 60 are in ICU.

Yesterday there were 6394 cases.

Of the state’s 12-plus population, 93.5 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Victoria has recorded 2738 cases and four deaths.

There are 361 people in hospital, 69 in ICU and 33 require ventilation.

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The Garran clinic for people with the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

9:20 am: People with the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19 and those with symptoms will take priority at the Garran and Mitchell testing centres today (28 December).

ACT Health has advised that between 11 am and 3 pm, the Garran and Mitchell sites will only test close and casual contacts, people who have symptoms of COVID-19 or returned international travellers.

People who need a test for other reasons can attend the Kambah and Nicholls testing centres, or Mitchell or Garran before 11 am and after 3 pm.

Nicholls will be open to help meet the current very high demand for testing in the ACT.

Kambah will be open from 8 am to noon and can test children aged five years and older.

Nicholls will be open from 8 am to 4 pm and can test children of all ages.

Canberrans are being urged to exercise patience when waiting in COVID-19 testing queues.

An ACT Policing spokesperson said officers have attended several incidents at testing clinics, taking resources from their priorities elsewhere.

“We understand that this is an uncertain time, but we are asking all Canberrans to be patient, courteous and follow the instructions of those working in our testing clinics,” the spokesperson said.

More to come.

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Why does it take these ACT slackers hours and hours to release their daily COVID results? VIC and others do it at 9am, NSW at 11am with the CHO and minister media conference.

But the ACT? Used to be 1115am, then 1130-ish, 1145… now after 12pm.
Can’t run a single hospital? These guys can’t even publish a number.

I wish the media and politicians would stop harping on the new covid cases. They should be reporting exclusively on the ICU and hospital beds being occupied, deaths caused by covid and how many of those in hospital or died weren’t vaccinated.

Ostriches stick their heads in the ground too.
If people don’t know there is active community transmission, people don’t take precautions.
We then end up with more cases and subsequently more people in hospital and ICU.

It’s nothing more than scaremongering. Something like 97 or 98% of Canberrans are vaccinated but we’re all likely to catch the dreaded ‘Rona within the next 12-18 months. We have to learn to live with it…

Is Summernats going to go ahead?

Why wouldn’t it? Not sure if you have noticed but all states, except WA have now decided it is business as usual and we now need to live with COVID. Of course there needs to be some control and common sense but shutting borders and closing events ain’t the way anymore.

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