ACT records 15 cases of COVID-19 while cases fall around Australia | The Canberra Times

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The ACT reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 20 hours on Saturday, bringing the total number of active cases to 172. There were no new hospitalizations and no active cases of COVID-19 in Canberra hospitals since the cut. away for the reporting. The five-day continuous average of daily cases by diagnosis date has dropped back to 12. The scale of the current outbreak now stands at 1819 total cases. Daily testing remains less than 2000 a day, with 1954 negative tests in the 24-hour reporting period as the ACT’s relaxed restrictions entered a second day on Saturday. Although ACT’s Public Health Crisis Statement was extended until February 12, 2022, Canberra residents can now enjoy eased restrictions this weekend. Masks are now required only in high-risk areas such as hospitals and elderly care facilities and boundaries in hospitable areas have been increased. There are no limits on home visits or informal outdoor gatherings, and density limits will be relaxed to allow one person for every two square meters in most indoor environments, including hospitality and retail. Nightclubs also opened from midnight on Thursday, including those named as the initial discovery sites. The new restrictions will be reviewed in late January 2022 by Chief Health Officer, Dr. Kerryn Coleman. NSW recorded 195 new coronavirus cases and one death. The number of people to test positive for the virus in the 24 hours to 8 pm on Saturday is 55 less than the previous day. One person died in the latest reporting period, the day after the state reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time in nearly three months. About 224 people remain in hospital, four less than the day before, with 32 in intensive care. Victoria’s COVID-19 load growth has moderated some, with 905 new local infections or more than 300 less than reported on Saturday. There were also four more virus-related deaths. The state continues to manage more than 17,300 active cases. There are 394 viral patients in Victorian hospitals, 75 of them in intensive care and 46 requiring ventilation. Health officials say virus testers processed more than 64,000 results in the 24 hours to Saturday evening. With AAP Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this outbreak of COVID-19 in the ACT is free for anyone to access. However, we depend on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, please subscribe 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, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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