News Coronavirus Record 1508 new coronavirus cases in ACT

Record 1508 new coronavirus cases in ACT

A self-reporting system for RATs has been introduced as the ACT records 1078 new COVID-19 cases. Photo: AAP
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The ACT has recorded 1508 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily tally since the start of the pandemic.

A Canberra man in his 80s died from the virus in the latest reporting period.

More than one in five Canberra adults have received a COVID-19 booster vaccination, and 98.5 per cent of people aged over 12 have received two doses.

There are 28 people in hospital with the virus including four in intensive care and three requiring a ventilator.

The new cases come from nearly 6000 tests.

As the capital deals with high case numbers for the first time during the pandemic, a new dedicated clinic for people who are COVID-19 positive opened on Monday.

The clinic provides free health care for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 — on either a PCR or rapid antigen test — and who need treatment for other non-life threatening injuries or illnesses.

These may include cuts and abrasions, strains and sprains, bites and stings, infections, and wounds.

Healthcare workers at the clinic can also provide COVID positive patients with support and advice to manage their illness.

No appointments are required at the clinic which runs seven days a week.