29 August 2022

New COVID-19 cases hit record low for 2022; almost 10 per cent now repeat infections

| Lottie Twyford
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Almost 10 per cent of new infections are repeat cases. Photo: Canberra Health Services.

A new low for COVID-19 cases this year has again been reported overnight in the Territory.

Just 148 (86 PCR and 62 RAT) infections were reported to ACT Health in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday. It’s the lowest number of COVID-19 infections recorded since 29 December last year (138 cases).

Yesterday, 175 infections were recorded.

It comes as ACT Health’s most recent weekly epidemiological report shows 9 per cent of new infections are now repeat cases.

This is a new high for that figure, and a jump on earlier this month when 5 per cent of all infections reported were repeat infections.

Cases, hospitalisations and PCR tests all continued to fall in the last reporting period.

COVID-19 case numbers continued to decrease this reporting period for the fifth week in a row (15 August to 21 August).

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There were 2096 new cases reported in the week compared to 2857 cases in the previous week.

The week’s seven-day rolling case mean decreased to 250 to 350 cases per day. This compares to 400 to 500 cases per day in Week 33 and is the lowest seven-day rolling case mean recorded in the ACT for 2022.

Based on PCR tests only – which also fell in the reporting period – the seven-day rolling mean decreased to 12 per cent compared to 13 per cent in the previous week.

That is the lowest test positivity seven-day rolling mean in the ACT since the first week of January 2022.

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A total of 10,344 PCR tests were conducted in the week compared to 12,365 in the previous week.

With the low caseload reported overnight, the Territory’s active caseload has fallen once again to 1329.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 202,107 infections recorded locally.

Hospitalisations have also been declining slowly. There are now 106 patients in hospital with COVID-19. Two people require intensive care and one person is being ventilated.

Vaccination updates are provided weekly by ACT Health.

One school in Canberra’s North has sent one cohort of students to learn remotely. Year 6 students at Margaret Hendry School will remain at home until this Thursday (1 September) when they will return to school.

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Interstate, NSW has reported four deaths overnight and 3394 new cases of COVID-19.

There are now 1879 people in hospital with the virus and 47 patients in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has recorded four deaths overnight and 2147 cases of COVID-19.

There are 343 people hospitalised with the virus and 22 patients in the state’s intensive care units.

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