28 June 2022

Territory records 1159 new COVID-19 infections; hospitalisations hit another record

| Lottie Twyford
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There are now 121 people in hospital with COVID-19. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

As the Territory’s health authorities prepare for cases to increase and the hospitals struggle to manage high demand, the ACT has recorded an additional 1159 cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night.

It’s the highest number of daily cases reported locally in more than six weeks – since Friday, 13 May.

Once again, a record number of patients with COVID-19 are receiving care in hospital – 121. No one is in the ICU or receiving ventilation.

Students at two ACT public schools will spend the rest of Term Two at home learning remotely as staffing shortages make remaining on campus unviable.

Years 1 and 2 at Duffy Primary School and Years 7 and 8 at Lanyon High School will not be back at school until next term.

Years 5, 6 and 8 at Amaroo School will return to school tomorrow after completing their period of remote learning.

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Partial – and in some cases full – remote learning has been used more than 50 times this term across the Territory’s public schools as the pandemic continues to exacerbate existing staff shortages.

Only two schools have had to send the entire student body home.

Teachers and school staff have been repeatedly furloughed due to illness or caring responsibilities for others who have become ill.

In the week ending Sunday, 26 June, 669 cases of COVID-19 were reported in 72 ACT public schools (years K-12).

This was again an increase on the previous week during which 598 cases of COVID-19 were reported in 73 ACT public schools.

It is in line with an increase in cases in the broader community, which ACT Health last week suggested would continue, driven by the spread of the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron.

The directorate’s latest weekly epidemiological report – released every Friday – also showed re-infections continue to rise.

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With the 1159 (585 PCR and 574 RAT) cases recorded overnight, there are now 6230 active infections in the Territory.

A total of 155,047 (93,064 PCR and 61,983 RAT) COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Yesterday, the ACT reported 927 new COVID-19 infections and a then-record 119 people in hospital with the virus.

The double-dose vaccination rate for the ACT’s five-plus population remains 97.3 per cent and 77.2 per cent of residents aged 16 and older have received a booster.

Of ACT residents aged five to 11, 68.8 per cent have received two doses of vaccine.

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Interstate, NSW has reported 40 deaths overnight and 8623 new cases of COVID-19.

The 40 deaths notified to NSW Health in the 24 hours to 4 pm on Monday includes 26 deaths notified through the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.

NSW Health said not all deaths occurred in the week they are reported as there can sometimes be a delay between a death occurring and it being notified to NSW Health.

There are now 1540 people in hospital with the virus and 49 people in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has reported 11 deaths overnight and 7758 cases of COVID-19.

There are now 468 people hospitalised with the virus while 35 patients are in the state’s intensive care units.

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CaptainSpiff7:45 pm 28 Jun 22

Zero cases in ICU.

How did that not rate a mention in the headline?

What an amazing pandemic. The better the situation gets, the more we hear about how bad it is.

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