Two COVID-19 patients in their 80’s have died in the ACT overnight, bringing the Territories death toll from the Delta outbreak to five.

Both women were receiving end of life care – One a resident of the Calvary Haydon Aged Care Facility and the other a Canberra Hospital patient admitted on Friday who was receiving palliative care for the virus and other health conditions.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced the news during Monday’s ACT COVID-19 press conference.

Mr. Barr said the Capitals vaccination rates need to rise further to prevent more deaths.

“The higher our vaccination coverage, the safer our community is, the fewer people will end up in hospital and fewer people in intensive care and a fewer number of deaths which really is what we are striving for here in our Public Heath response.”

The deaths come with a slight increase in hospitalisation numbers overnight.

As of 8pm Sunday night, 16 COVID-19 patients were in Canberra hospitals, while five were in the Intensive Care Unit and one needed ventilation.

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10 are unvaccinated, two have received a first dose and the remaining are unknown.

Mr. Barr reminding the community that being fully vaccinated against the virus is the best defence against severe reactions.

“People who’re finding themselves in hospital are predominantly unvaccinated or have only had one dose. So, it is a reminder that having a first dose doesn’t give you as higher level of protection as being fully vaccinated.”

Monday’s case breakdown:
  • 28 new cases have been recorded in the ACT
  • 14 are linked
  • At least 16 were infectious in the community
  • Eight were in quarantine
  • 93.4% of the ACT population have received a first dose
  • 64.6% of the ACT population have received a second dose
  • There’s a total of 1005 cases in this outbreak
  • 640 cases have recovered
  • There are 362 active cases
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