ACT registers 25 new cases of COVID-19, in which only nine isolated its entire infection period

A further 25 cases of COVID-19 have been registered in ACT today, 12 of which are linked to known cases or ongoing clusters.

Only nine of the new cases were quarantined throughout their period of infection.

There are currently 17 people hospitalized with the virus, 5 of them at the ICU and all require ventilation.

3,637 tests were performed yesterday at ACT Health test centers.

Prime Minister Andrew Barr said the territory also continued to see nationally leading vaccination levels.

“Canberrans should be very proud of our very high vaccination levels,” he said.

“We now have 97.1 percent of our eligible 12 plus population with a first dose of a vaccine.”

Barr said 69.3 percent of all eligible Canberrans were now fully vaccinated, and the majority of the area’s upcoming vaccination orders were second-dose.

“Over the next three weeks, the bulk of the area’s vaccination program will be second dose,” he said.

“There are about 40,000 second-dose bookings at ACT government clinics in the coming weeks alone.”

Four babies were identified as random contacts

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Four babies have been close contacts at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.(

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ACT Health Director Kerryn Coleman said four babies at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children have been random contacts after two babies were confirmed to have COVID-19 on Thursday.

She said no new cases were attached to the crèche and that every precaution was taken to ensure the safety of staff and patients.

“We understand that we have four babies who are random contacts,” said Dr. Coleman.

“But then we have some other babies and caregivers who are close contacts and they need to be quarantined a little longer until Monday with a negative test.”

Dr. Coleman said the situation was handled and contactless support was given to parents, caregivers and the babies.

“I just assure everyone that there is a lot of work going on in this special care and in the environment to provide just as much contactless support between these babies and their caregivers,” she said.

“Work has also been done to provide milk exports so that all the needs we can meet while maintaining quarantine are met.”

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr is holding a press conference.
ACT Chief Executive Andrew Barr said online learning for college students may explain the lower vaccination rates in the 20- to 24-year-olds.(

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Sir. Barr said the vaccination has been particularly encouraging in the 12- to 15-year-olds, who had 85 percent with a first dose and 70 percent at the moment.

He also said that in the early 20s, Canberrans remained the lowest vaccinated group in the field.

“Twenty to 24-year-olds have now exceeded the limit of the first dose of 75 percent,” Barr said.

“We suspect that border closures and distance learning mean that some of this age group, mainly university students, are not actually in Canberra at the moment.

“But it is important that they are vaccinated before returning to campus in the coming months.

“We will work with universities and the Canberra Institute of Technology on this vaccination priority.”

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