Canberra registers 1078 new cases of COVID-19, booster vaccination reaches 25.6 percent | The Canberra Times

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The ACT reported 1,078 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday 24 hours to 8 p.m. The new cases bring the active total to 5601. There are 23 people in hospital because of COVID, three of them are in intensive care and two are on a ventilator. This comes as NSW and Victoria register a combined death toll of 42, a grim milestone for both states. In December, ACT’s health minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said health authorities had expected hospitalizations for Christmas to be higher by the new year, and projections always took into account the potential impact of COVID-19. cases in the surrounding NSW region. There were 3,586 negative tests received in the 24 hours to 9 a.m. Wednesday. Meanwhile, the percentage of the eligible population who received booster shots has reached 25.6 percent. IN OTHER NEWS: NSW has recorded 34,759 COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths, up from 11 deaths the previous day. The new cases were diagnosed from 134,411 tests conducted between midnight and 8 p.m. Tuesday. There are 2246 patients in hospital, 175 of whom are in the ICU. In addition, NSW residents are now required to report all positive results they receive for COVID-19 rapid antigen testing. Victoria has recorded a further 21 deaths from COVID-19 and 40,127 new cases. The new infections included 18,434 from rapid antigen tests and 21,693 from PCR tests. The number of people in hospital rose to 946, with 112 in the ICU and 31 requiring ventilators. Tasmania has registered 1,583 new COVID-19 cases, the second highest daily figure since the borders reopened a month ago. Eight people are being treated in hospital, none are in intensive care. Another 14 people are in hospital for unrelated medical conditions. The new cases, consisting of 847 self-reported positive rapid antigen tests and 736 PCR tests, bring the number of active infections to 8,764. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT is freely accessible to everyone. However, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism. If you can, register here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to provide local, current news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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