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ACT man dies from COVID-19, 734 new cases


A man in his 80s has become the latest fatality from COVID-19 in the ACT, as the national capital recorded another 734 cases.

The latest fatality brings the death toll in the ACT to 26 since the pandemic began, and was the fifth this week alone.

It comes on the same day Australia recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic since the first case was detected two years ago.

On Friday there were 734 new cases in the ACT, with 478 of them coming from PCR tests with the remaining 256 from rapid antigen tests.

Hospitalisations have decreased from 73 to 66 patients with COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.

However, the number of patients being treated in intensive care has risen from four to five, with one of those on a ventilator.

Vaccination rates continue to climb, with 44.9 per cent of adults having received their booster shot.

Child vaccination levels are still the highest out of any state or territory, with 63.3 per cent of five to 11-year-olds having got their first dose.

Source: 7News