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Tasmania’s Covid cases drop for third day in a row as state records 1,139 new infections

Tasmania’s Covid cases drop for third day in a row as state records 1,139 new infections

  • Tasmania registered 1139 new cases of coronavirus overnight on Saturday
  • New cases bring the active total number of cases to 7,108, down for the third day in a row
  • The newly reported cases include 884 self-reported rapid antigen test results
  • Tas Health said 1,470 people have been taken out of isolation in the past 24 hours










Tasmania has reported 1,139 new coronavirus cases as the total number of active infections in the state falls for the third day in a row.

Twenty-two people with covid are in hospital, 10 of whom are being treated specifically for virus symptoms. A person is in intensive care.

The other 12 people in the hospital have covid but are being treated for unrelated medical conditions.

Tasmania has reported 1,139 new coronavirus cases as total number of active infections in the state falls for third day in a row

Tasmania has reported 1,139 new coronavirus cases as total number of active infections in the state falls for third day in a row

The new infections come from 884 self-reported rapid antigen tests and 255 PCR tests.

Tasmania’s health department says 1,470 people have been released from isolation in the past 24 hours.

It means 7,108 active cases have been reported, up from 7,439 on Friday and 7,969 on Thursday.

Thirty cases are staying in community management facilities and 300 people are using covid home care.

Twenty-two people with covid are in hospital, 10 of whom are being treated specifically for virus symptoms;  one person is in intensive care

Twenty-two people with covid are in hospital, 10 of whom are being treated specifically for virus symptoms; one person is in intensive care

It comes as elective surgery and other services at a hospital in northwest Tasmania are being reduced due to staff shortages caused by covid.

More than 90 employees at North West Regional Hospital in Burnie are unable to work because they have contracted the virus or have been forced to isolate themselves from close contact.

Health Department deputy secretary Dale Webster said the hospital is implementing strategies to increase staff capacity, including asking staff to reconsider taking leave.

The new infections come from 884 self-reported rapid antigen tests and 255 PCR tests

The new infections come from 884 self-reported rapid antigen tests and 255 PCR tests

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