41 more people have died of COVID-19 in Australia as Queensland and ACT reduce registrations


The number of hospitalized patients rose from 2,321 to 2,099 and of these, 137 are in intensive care, compared to 147 on Sunday and 152 on Saturday.

In New South Wales, some 43.8% of people have received a booster shot, but almost 90% of people are eligible, having received their second dose more than three months ago.

Victoria reported 8,275 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, down from 7,169 on Sunday. Of these, 638 are hospitalized, compared to 652 on Sunday, including 72 in intensive care and 26 on ventilators.

Victoria now manages 59,801 active cases.

In Victoria, around 45 per cent of people over the age of 18 have received a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, after 13,486 doses were given at state-run centers on Sunday.

Elective surgeries resumed across NSW and Victoria from Monday.

In Victoria, private hospitals and day centers are restarting elective surgeries at 50% capacity from Monday while in New South Wales some public patients will be treated in private facilities as well as some hospitals regional audiences.

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Queensland recorded 4,701 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, up from 5,746 on Sunday. There are currently 663 people in hospital, the same number as Sunday, and 61 in intensive care, up from 45 reported on Sunday.

Of the 19 deaths reported on Monday, all were over the age of 60 and 10 were elderly residents. Only one person had received a booster and nine were not vaccinated.

Meanwhile, children in Queensland return to class on Monday, with authorities saying an outbreak in schools is inevitable, but none are likely to be closed.

Face masks are mandatory in high schools and strongly recommended for students in grades three through six, while schools must ensure adequate ventilation of classrooms.

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Just under 40% of children aged 5 to 11 have received a dose of the vaccine.

The figures come as Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Queensland’s COVID-19 registration app is no longer needed for a range of locations including supermarkets, outlets at the retail, hairdressers and gymnasiums.

The partial easing is “a huge step forward” for many businesses, Ms D’Ath said.

The ACT recorded 299 new infections on Monday, its lowest number of daily cases so far this year.

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have fallen over the past day, with 57 people now being treated with the virus.

Of these, two are in intensive care and one is on a ventilator.

The new figures come as the ACT Government moved to scale back its contact tracing app, with Canberrans no longer required to use a QR code to check in at every venue.

The Check In CBR app should only be used on high risk sites.

From Saturday, in-app check-in will only be required at bars and pubs, clubs, discos, strip clubs and brothels, ticketless events and the schools.

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Vouchers for homeschooled parents rolled out in NSW

Meanwhile, NSW parents who homeschooled their children during the state’s long-term lockdowns last year are now eligible for government-subsidized holidays.

One person from each eligible household will receive five $50 vouchers starting Monday that can be used to book accommodation or entertainment in the state through early October.

“Parents” vouchers work the same way as Dine and Discover vouchers and are available in the ServiceNSW app and Service Centers.

They will be joined by “Stay NSW” vouchers later this month, which will give everyone over the age of 18 a $50 voucher to spend at approved accommodation providers.

“These vouchers are a double win: they encourage families to get out and enjoy the best our state has to offer while providing much-needed income to businesses impacted by the pandemic,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

He said Good Parents aimed to “thank parents for their home schooling efforts over the past year, help make ends meet and support local businesses”.

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The $50 vouchers can be combined up to $250 and can also be bundled with friends and family who book accommodation together.

Bookings made through third-party websites and travel agencies are not eligible, but customers will be able to search for approved accommodation providers.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the vouchers come on top of a recent business support package.

Mr. Kean also announced that businesses such as overnight camps and music education providers affected by COVID-19 school safety measures last year would have access to a $14 million grant package.

“The grants will provide eligible businesses and nonprofit organizations with one-time payments equal to 40% of their Q4 2021 revenue decline from prior years, up to $15,000,” said said Mr. Kean.


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