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Canberra sets record for COVID patients for fourth straight day

In-depth COVID

COVID hospitalisation in the ACT has risen above 90 for first time and hit a record high for the fourth day in a row.

There are 92 patients in Canberra hospitals with the virus, including four in intensive care and two are receiving ventilation, as of 8pm Saturday. This is up from 89 on the day before, with three in intensive care and two being ventilated.

There were 758 new COVID-19 cases reported in the ACT in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases in the territory during the pandemic to 125,220. There are 5787 active cases in the nation's capital.

Of the new cases, 413 tested positive on a PCR test and 345 tested positive on a rapid antigen test.

COVID hospitalisations in the ACT have been at record highs throughout this week. It is putting an enormous strain on the territory's health system, with elective surgeries needing to be postponed.

Hospitals are also struggling with other illnesses, including influenza, which is already higher than pre-pandemic years.

Meanwhile, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has fined a NSW person for importing thousands of prescription-only medications used to treat COVID-19 against clinical advice.

The TGA says they did not have authority, an exemption or a valid prescription.

It is alleged more than 2500 ivermectin tablets and nearly 10,000 doxycycline capsules were brought into the country in a month, far more than allowed.

The accused importer has been fined almost $40,000.

Around Australia 

There were 8523 new positive COVID cases reported in NSW and seven deaths.

There are 1165 COVID patients in NSW hospitals, including 136 in intensive care.

In Victoria, there were 9307 new COVID cases reported and 10 deaths.

There are 541 people in hospital with the virus, including 29 people in intensive care and eight are under ventilation.

Canberra's emergency department has come under pressure in recent weeks as COVID hospitalisations are at record highs. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos
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