Canberra Records 18 New COVID-19 Cases As Australia Passes 80% Vaccination Milestone For People Over 16 | Canberra weather




There were seven new infections in the COVID cluster at Wanniassa school, according to the ACT government. Canberra recorded a total of 18 new cases on Saturday, with the school already having 31 cases at the heart of the rise. Several other schools also have news, but they have not been identified by authorities as assessments were made as to whether they should be closed on Monday. Besides Wanniassa, Ainslie, Gordon and St Anthony’s Parish Primary were also known to have had cases. We don’t know what their current situation is. Across ACT, Saturday’s figures brought the active total to 136 cases of the disease, bringing the number of cases associated with this current outbreak to 1,716. Of the two people hospitalized with the virus, one was in care. intensive requiring ventilation. The percentage of the ACT-eligible population who are now fully vaccinated has reached 94.4 percent. As of Friday, there were 1,123 negative test results. The Wanniassa school epidemic was at the top of the leaders’ agenda. In addition to that, risk assessments were underway involving two other anonymous schools. Either way, the result was the closure of the junior campus. All students, teachers and visitors since the previous Monday have been invited to take a test. The Wanniassa School Senior Campus, Gordon Elementary School and St Anthony’s Parish Elementary School had positive cases on site but were able to remain open. As of Friday, there were 1,123 negative test results. The latest figures follow Friday’s announcement that a man in his 40s has died from the virus while six other cases have been recorded. He is the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in this outbreak and was being treated in the intensive care unit, ACT Health said. The Canberra Times understands the man was not vaccinated, but Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith and ACT Health have not confirmed the man’s vaccination status, citing confidentiality concerns. It is understood that no fully vaccinated person has been treated for COVID-19 in intensive care in Canberra since the outbreak began in August. A man in his 60s, whose death was confirmed by ACT Health on Monday, was previously the youngest person to die in the outbreak. New sites have been added for near and occasional exposure hazards through ACT. The most recently listed venues include two Club Lime gymnasiums, a gymnastics center, and two pool locations. The Burns Club play area in Kambah has also been listed as an occasional exhibit site between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Monday and between 10 p.m. and 11:55 p.m. on Thursday. Check here for details. Australia has taken a new step in vaccination, with more than 80% of its population over 16 now double vaxx. This is an important step to trigger the last reopening tranche. The week has come with months of progress in the works. International arrivals returned without quarantine. Victoria and NSW, not always allies, opened their border after months of isolation. Tasmania has waived a pre-departure testing requirement for most states before Christmas. READ MORE: NSW added 270 new locally acquired infections to its COVID-19 workload, while three more deaths were recorded. NSW now has 89.4% of its population aged 16 and over fully vaccinated, while 93.8% have received a single dose. Meanwhile, regional areas of New South Wales with lower vaccination rates are experiencing their first outbreaks. Victoria has registered 1,268 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and seven more have died, as punters prepare for the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival. ACT and containment are free for everyone. However, we depend on subscription revenues to support our journalism. If you can, subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:




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