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One COVID death as ACT hospitalisations keep rising

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Canberra has recorded another COVID death, as hospitalisations continue to soar in the territory.

ACT Health reported a woman in her 90s died with COVID-19, while 859 new infections were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday.

It was Canberra's 61st COVID death since the beginning of the pandemic and the 10th virus death in May.

Meanwhile, hospitalisations are at a new high, with 89 COVID-19 patients currently being treated in Canberra's hospitals.

Canberra COVID hospitalisations hit a record high for the second day in a row on Friday, with 84 patients in hospital with the virus.

Three patients were in intensive care and two were receiving ventilation on Friday night. That's an increase of five in hospital, but with a decrease of one in intensive care, while ventilation numbers are stable since yesterday.

There were 859 COVID cases reported to ACT Health in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, bringing the territory's total number of cases during the pandemic to 124,447. There were 5883 active cases.

It's the first time the territory's active caseload has dipped below 6000 since May 12.

Of the new cases, 441 tested positive on a PCR test and 418 tested positive on a rapid antigen test.

While hospitalisations were at a record high, the latest epidemiological report showed fewer than 1 per cent of COVID cases in the territory have been hospitalised.

ACT Health's weekly report for the week to May 15 showed 923 people had been hospitalised with COVID-19 in Canberra hospitals since the start of the pandemic, only 0.7 per cent of the total cases.

Only 0.1 per cent of Canberra's positive COVID cases have been admitted to the intensive care unit.

Of the cases admitted to hospital, one-third have been unvaccinated, one-quarter have received three COVID vaccine doses and 32 per cent have received two doses. There have been three people admitted to Canberra hospitals with four vaccine doses. Nearly 40 per cent of hospitalised patients in Canberra have been over 60.

The number of people who have reported having COVID more than twice to ACT Health has marginally risen to 583. This is up from 508 in the week before.

Elective surgeries in Canberra have had to be postponed this week due to the high number of people hospitalised with COVID.

Hospitals are also struggling with other illnesses, including influenza, which is already higher than pre-pandemic years. It has prompted experts to urge Canberrans to wear masks indoors in an attempt to lessen pressures on the system, with the territory government looking to bolster public health campaigns following the federal election.

A new report has revealed there had been 97 cases of influenza reported to ACT Health in the fortnight to May 1. There has been a total of 134 reported cases of flu across the territory this year.

Around Australia

Meanwhile, NSW recorded 9632 new COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths in the 24 hours to 4pm on Friday.

There were 1187 COVID-19 patients in hospital and 41 in ICU.

There were 11,925 new cases reported in Victoria and 21 COVID deaths. There were 552 people hospitalised in Victoria, including 25 in intensive care.

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COVID diagnoses and hospitalisations have been steady at a high level in recent weeks. Picture: Keegan Carroll