ACT reports 1305 new COVID-19 cases

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The ACT has posted 1305 new COVID-19 cases a day after surpassing a thousand infections for the first time.

The territory is managing almost 5000 active cases . There are 24 patients in Canberra hospitals, five of them in intensive care and four on ventilation.

Testers processed more than 3100 negative laboratory results in the 24 hours to Friday evening.

The ACT is 98.5 per cent fully vaccinated for everyone aged 12 and over, while 20.3 per cent of adult territorians have also received a booster shot.

The capital set a daily case record on Friday with 1246 infections. In response, the government reintroduced public health measures as well as a pause on elective surgery at one public hospital.

Customers at all hospitality businesses, including cafes, bars, nightclubs and indoor entertainment venues, must now be seated while eating and drinking.

Dancing at these venues is also not allowed.

Mandatory face masks and venue density limits continue.

ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the capital's health system is starting to experience increased pressure, with more than 230 health care workers in quarantine.

In a statement on Friday she announced Calvary Public Hospital would cease most non-essential elective surgeries for the next six to eight weeks.

"Postponing elective surgeries is always incredibly difficult, but taking this action will enable additional health care staff to be redeployed to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak," she said.

There will be no changes to elective surgeries at Canberra Hospital or in the ACT's private hospitals.

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 long time at a residence of 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 another one six days after the exposure.

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

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