Several ACT schools listed as exposure sites | Armidale Express

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Several Canberra schools have been listed as COVID sites of exposure as the number of weekly infections continues to rise in the capital. The latest weekly epidemiological update from ACT Health revealed that there are now 23 school campuses in the area where a COVID-positive case participated, up from 20 the week before. However, health authorities said further transmission had only taken place on five of the campuses. In the week from 15 to 21 November, 101 COVID-19 cases were recorded, an increase from 87 infections in the previous week. The average number of weekly tests increased to about 2600, but the total proportion of positive results had decreased. ACT Health said more cases had been detected in children under the age of 18, which authorities said was consistent with cases linked to schools. Of the 152 positive COVID-19 patients admitted during the outbreak, 40 of them have been treated in intensive care and 19 have been placed on a respirator. None of the 19 were fully vaccinated. The national capital registered 19 new virus cases on Tuesday. The number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital has increased to six, three of whom are in intensive care, two of them on a respirator. The latest figures from ACT health authorities show that 97.3 percent of the area’s population over 12 have received both vaccine doses. The number of negative tests in Canberra remains relatively high, with 1566 recorded in 24 hours to 6 p.m. 9 on Tuesday. Australian Associated Press

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