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ACT records 40 new local COVID-19 cases, 19 infectious in community

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ACT Health confirmed 21 of today’s cases are linked to known cases or clusters and 19 are under investigation.

The ACT has recorded 40 new local cases of coronavirus overnight.

ACT Health confirmed 21 of today's cases are linked to known cases or clusters and 19 are under investigation.

ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephens-Smith said none of today's COVID-19 cases are connected to the special care nursery cluster at Centenary Hospital.

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She said both babies linked to that cluster are being cared for in the paediatric ward and another five babies are considered close contacts and are currently in quarantine.

Across the ACT, 96.7 per cent of eligible people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 68 per cent of residents are now fully vaccinated.

There were over 4800 COVID-19 tests administered in the ACT yesterday, a record since the current outbreak started in August.

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Nine of today's cases were in quarantine their entire infectious period. Ten were in the community for some of their infectious period and may pose a potential risk of infection in the community.

There are currently 16 COVID-19 patients in hospitals, with six in ICU and five requiring ventilation.

Source: 9News

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