ACT Covid-19 shutdown: Newborn among 28 new cases of coronavirus in Canberra

A newborn baby has contracted Covid-19 at a Canberra hospital as ACT records 28 new infections.

The ACT recorded 28 new local coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour reporting period, bringing the total outbreak in the national capital to 1,066.

The new cases included an infant who was diagnosed at Centennial Hospital Canberra Women and Children’s Hospital.

ACT Health Secretary Rachel Stephen Smith said the baby had been in the neonatal intensive care unit for some time and started showing symptoms of Covid-19 on Tuesday evening.

Ms Stephen Smith said the patient had since been moved to a special ward for Covid-19.

Staff and family who have come into contact with their infected child She was advised to take the test and go into quarantine.

Canberra Health Services chief executive Dave Beaver said authorities did not yet know how the child contracted Covid-19.

“At this point we don’t have a known source of transmission, and that’s something the team is looking at closely,” he said.

“We are working in partnership with public health, and will look at that in the coming days, to determine that.”

Of the 28 new cases in the territory, health officials were able to link 19 existing outbreaks, but nine transmissions are still under investigation.

Eleven of the new cases were in isolation during the entire period of infection, and at least five infectious cases spent in the community.

ACT Premier Andrew Barr announced that another Canberran has died from the virus.

A woman in her 70s who was receiving end-of-life care in an aged care facility died overnight, bringing the total number of Covid-19 deaths in the ACT to six.

Sixteen Canberans are now in hospital with Covid-19, including seven people in the intensive care unit.

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