Queanbeyan man dies of COVID-19 as Canberra detects 15 new cases | Canberra Times

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A Queanbeyan man in his 60s is among four COVID-19-related deaths reported in NSW, as the ACT reported the highest daily case count in more than a week. ACT has reported 15 new cases in 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday. There are five people hospitalized with the virus, two of whom are in the intensive care unit, one of whom is in need of ventilation. The Queanbeyan man had received one dose of a vaccine and had significant underlying health conditions. The new cases bring the active number in Canberra to 141, while the number of cases associated with this outbreak is now 1679. 1365 negative test results were received in 24 hours to 1 p.m. 9 on Wednesdays. Meanwhile, the percentage of the eligible population now fully vaccinated has reached 93.6 percent. Eleven percent of ACT’s COVID-19 cases during the outbreak have been identified as Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander, it was revealed Tuesday. Of the 197 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who contracted the virus, 63 have been children under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. 77% of cases were unvaccinated, and Winnunga Nimmityjah’s CEO Julie Tongs stressed the importance of vaccination, especially as the virus circulates among children. Walk-in vaccination is available at Winnunga Nimmityjah. New research has also shown the critical nature of Canberra’s booster rollout, as society has a low level of herd immunity. “We do not have the high natural rates of infection, and so if we do not make booster shots, we are at greater risk of rebellion,” said co-author of the study Dr. Andrew Jeremijenko. READ MORE: NSW has registered 190 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths in 24 hours to Across the state, 93.6 percent of the population over the age of 16 have been vaccinated with their first dose, while 88.3 percent are fully vaccinated. There are 309 COVID-19 patients in the hospital with 68 in the intensive care unit. Victoria registered fewer than 1,000 cases for the second time in over a month. The state registered 941 new cases along with eight more deaths overnight, while 82 percent of the population over the age of 16 is fully vaccinated. There are 657 Victorians admitted, 117 in intensive care and 69 in need of ventilation. Our coverage of ACT and lockdown is free for all to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you are able, sign up 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 deliver local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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