Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

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ACT has registered 24 new cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours until 20.00 on Tuesday. Of these, 17 are linked to known cases or ongoing clusters. There are 20 patients in ACT hospitals, of which eight in intensive care. Wednesday’s figures bring the total number of cases for this outbreak to 1512. There are 446 active cases. The ACT has affected 82 percent of the eligible population who are fully vaccinated. This is the second day in a row that ACT has received 24 new cases. The number of people in the hospital has increased (from 18), although there are now fewer in intensive care (from 10). On Tuesday, the government announced it would allow all retail to open to customers from the end of the week. The call was made after ACT found itself out of step with the surrounding NSW regions, where Canberrans could shop in the store from last Friday. Prime Minister Andrew Barr said on Tuesday that the decision had not been forced by NSW, but showed that the ACT is adapting to a changing public health reality. “When facts change or circumstances change, we reserve the right, as we always have, to calibrate our approach,” Barr said. Health director Kerryn Coleman said a rapid increase in second-dose vaccine coverage gave health authorities confidence to ease more public health restrictions. The ACT government has implemented another vaccine mandate for people with disabilities in the area. Workers in this sector are required to receive their first vaccine dose by 1 November and to be fully vaccinated by 29 November. MORE COVID-19 NEWS: In recent weeks, the ACT government has also introduced vaccination mandates for teachers and some health professionals. On Tuesday, Dr. repeated Coleman the importance of being tested after the test levels have dropped in recent days. She said it was particularly important when the ACT lockdown was lifted and there was more movement in the community. Fewer than 2,000 tests were performed on Tuesday. Part of the reason for the decline can be attributed to the fact that ACT eased how random contact settings were defined, resulting in fewer exposure sites. Health authorities have also stopped reporting sites where people were asked to monitor for symptoms. Victoria recorded 1841 new COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths within 24 hours to midnight. 78,928 tests were performed during the period, which was up to yesterday’s 68,702 tests. From midnight on Wednesday, those in NSW who are fully vaccinated can travel to Victoria without having to quarantine. Relaxed requirements now apply to fully vaccinated travelers who have been in red or orange zones and the boundary bubble has been reintroduced for Broken Hill and Shepparton. NSW registered 273 locally acquired virus cases and a further four deaths within 24 hours to 20.00 on Monday. Less than two weeks after the initial easing of restrictions, Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant warned of an expected increase in the number of figures yet to come. The number of people admitted with COVID-19 has dropped, with 589 in hospital, including 128 in intensive care and 69 in ventilators. The decrease in the number of people in the hospital and in the intensive care unit was also a relief for staff who have been working in a system under stress for several months. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, you can subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also sign up for our regular newsletter. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:

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