ACT reports 1,305 new cases of COVID-19 | Canberra weather

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The ACT released 1,305 new cases of COVID-19 per day after it passed 1,000 infections for the first time. The territory manages nearly 5,000 active files. There are 24 patients in Canberra hospitals, including five in intensive care and four on ventilation. Testers processed more than 3,100 negative lab results within 24 hours through Friday night. ACT is 98.5% fully vaccinated for all people aged 12 and over, while 20.3% of territorial adults have also received a booster. The capital on Friday set a daily record of cases with 1,246 infections. In response, the government reintroduced public health measures as well as a pause on elective surgery at a public hospital. Customers of all hospitality businesses, including cafes, bars, nightclubs, and indoor entertainment venues, must now be seated while eating and drinking. It is also forbidden to dance in these places. Mandatory masks and site density limits continue. ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the capital’s health system was starting to come under increased pressure, with more than 230 health workers in quarantine. In a statement on Friday, she announced that the Calvary public hospital would cease most non-essential elective surgeries for the next six to eight weeks. “Postponing elective surgeries is always incredibly difficult, but taking this step will allow for the redeployment of additional healthcare staff to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak,” she said. There will be no change for elective surgeries at Canberra Hospital or at ACT’s private hospitals. ACT has switched to a new system for isolation requirements following the increase in Omicron cases. Positive cases and family contacts will still need to self-isolate for seven days, as well as people who have spent a long time in the residence of a person who tested positive. Those who have spent a few hours with a positive case in a setting such as a bar or restaurant should undergo a rapid antigen test, and another six days after exposure. Low-risk contacts were advised to watch for symptoms and have a rapid test if necessary. Associated Australian Press

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