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Two succumb to COVID 19 in ACT as 28 new cases are recorded

Two people died of COVID 19 in ACT while 28 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours stretching to 8pm last night.

ACT’s death toll is now standing at five.

Both fatalities were old women in their 80s.

One of the woman was a resident of the Cavalry Haydon Aged Care facility who was receiving end of life care. She was double vaccinated.

The second victim was admitted to Canberra Hospital on Friday night where she received palliative care for COVID-19 and other health issues.

Of the 28 new COVID-19 cases overnight, 14 are linked to existing cases or ongoing clusters and the remaining 14 are under investigation.

Just eight were in quarantine for their entire infectious period with at least 16 spending some time in the community while infectious.

The new case numbers mean the ACT has recorded more than 1000 infections since its latest COVID-19 outbreak began on August 12.

There are 16 patients with the virus in Canberra hospitals, with five of those in intensive care and one on a ventilator.

The youngest patient is in their 20s and the oldest is in their 80s.

Ten are unvaccinated, four are partially vaccinated with one dose, and the vaccination status of two is unknown.

Health authorities have urged ACT residents to keep on vaccinating.

Minor COVID-19 restrictions were pulled back in Canberra on Friday ahead of the ACT’s lockdown easing on October 15.

The new measures allow for up to two people to visit another household.

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