19 August 2022

Territory records 117th death with COVID-19; lowest daily cases reported all year

| Lottie Twyford
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There have now been more than 200,000 COVID-19 infections recorded in the Territory since the pandemic began. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

The ACT has recorded its 117th death with COVID-19 since the pandemic began – a man in his 90s.

It comes as the Territory reports 258 (140 PCR and 118 RAT) new infections, the lowest number in the ACT all year.

Earlier this week (15 August), a then-low of 287 new infections were reported.

Since the pandemic began, a total of 199,919 COVID-19 infections have been recorded in the Territory.

Active cases have continually fallen over recent days. They have now dropped to 2054.

Likewise, hospitalisations have been declining slowly. There are now 124 patients in hospital with COVID-19. Of these, three are in ICU and one person requires ventilation.

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Yesterday, the Territory recorded 384 cases and there were 126 patients in hospital.

Of the Territory’s five to 15 population, 77.9 per cent have received two doses of vaccine; 77.9 per cent of those aged 16 and over have received three doses; 55.2 per cent of those aged 50 and over have received four doses.

There are no public schools with cohorts learning remotely today – a further sign the COVID-19 situation has calmed.

Health will publish its weekly epidemiological report later today, which is expected to show that COVID-19 case numbers have decreased for the fifth week.

That report will cover the seven-day period to Sunday, 14 August.

Health’s last report showed the case rolling mean hit its lowest point since February this year and the test-positivity seven-day rolling mean hit its lowest point since April 2022.

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Interstate, NSW has reported 22 deaths overnight and 6899 new cases of COVID-19.

There are now 1986 people in hospital with the virus and 56 patients in ICUs around the state.

Victoria has recorded 27 deaths overnight and 3857 cases of COVID-19.

There are 514 people hospitalised with the virus and 27 patients in the state’s intensive care units.

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