13 January 2023

Six more COVID deaths in ACT but new cases decline

| Ian Bushnell
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Falling case numbers may be due to many Canberrans being on holiday. Photo: File.

Six more people have died with COVID-19 in the ACT this week despite falling case numbers, according to the latest weekly update from ACT Health.

The deaths come as the ACT recorded 1012 new cases (333 PCR tests and 667 RATs) for the reporting period Thursday, 5 January, to 4 pm Thursday, 12 January.

This continues a trend towards fewer cases reported, falling from 1436 new cases the previous week and the 3184 cases reported on the day before Christmas Eve, although this may reflect the number of Canberrans on holiday elsewhere.

There are also fewer people in hospital with the virus, with 59 admitted and none in intensive care or on ventilators compared with the previous week’s tally of 73 in hospital, seven in ICU and two on ventilators.

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ACT Health said most of those who died were elderly, including a man aged in his 80s, a man in his 70s, two women in their 90s, and a woman in her 80s, but a woman in her 40s also passed away with the virus.

They brought the number of people who have died with the virus since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to 148.

The total number of cases since March 2020 is now 229,434.

The ACT COVID-19 vaccination figures show 76.3 per cent of Canberrans aged five to 15 have had two doses, 78.7 per cent aged more than 16 have had three boosters and 65.9 per cent aged more than 50 have had four winter doses.

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