ACT reports 1246 new COVID-19 cases

Andrew Brown |

Daily COVID-19 case numbers in the ACT have surpassed 1000 for the first time since the pandemic began nearly two years ago.

In a new daily record, there were 1246 infections in Canberra reported on Friday.

The rise in case numbers also coincides with a rise in the number of hospitalisations from the virus, which now stands at 24.

Intensive care patients have also risen in the past day, increasing to three, with all of them being on a ventilator.

ACT health officials said there were 3,347 negative tests recorded at government PCR testing clinics in the 24 hours to 9am on Friday.

The latest booster data has shown more than 20 per cent of Canberrans 18 and over have received their third vaccine dose.

The ACT has moved to a new system for isolation requirements following the surge in Omicron cases.

Positive cases and household contacts will still have to self-isolate for seven days, along with people who had spent a large amount of time at a residence of a someone who has tested positive.

Those who have spent a few hours with a positive case in a setting such as a bar or restaurant are required to take a rapid antigen test, and other one six days after the exposure.

Low-risk contacts have been urged to monitor for symptoms and take a rapid test if required.