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was passed, it would be up to the Speaker to transmit the resolution to the Commissioner for Standards. The commissioner no doubt would then approach Ms Lawder and Mr Davis about his considerations with regard to the matter and whether he would pursue it or not. Also, the overwhelming majority of referrals have been directly from a person through the Clerk or directly to the Commissioner for Standards. In days past, those referrals came through the Speaker. In the last Assembly that standing order was changed to make it go directly through the Clerk or directly to the Commissioner for Standards. I hope that provides some level of clarity.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

COVID-19 pandemic response—update

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Families and Community Services and Minister for Health) (10.39): I rise yet again to provide the Assembly with an update on the COVID-19 situation in the ACT and the actions taken by the government to protect the health and wellbeing of Canberrans.

Since my last update on 5 April 2022, the COVID-19 situation in the ACT has remained relatively stable and our public health teams have continued their preparations for the upcoming winter season. As always, I would like to thank Canberrans for their continued efforts to protect themselves and the people around them from COVID-19. Canberrans have been outstanding in adhering to the latest public health advice and practising COVID-smart behaviours. As a result, we are well placed in our transition to managing COVID-19 differently.

The COVID-19 situation across Australia has also remained relatively stable over the last month, and case numbers across most states appear to have reached a peak and begun to plateau. The ACT government will continue to work with other jurisdictions and consider advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, or AHPPC, as we move through the national plan to transition Australia’s response to COVID-19 and into the winter season.

Here in the ACT, as at 8 pm on 1 May, there have been a total of 105,739 cases since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. There are 5,725 active cases, with 66 COVID patients admitted to hospital, two of whom are in intensive care. Sadly, there have been 52 deaths since the start of the pandemic and the ACT government expresses its sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of these individuals. As at 9 am on 2 May, the ACT has conducted 994,339 negative tests, and there are 1,748 individuals who have declared as household contacts in the ACT.

As I have previously noted, positive rapid antigen test results for COVID-19 have been collected by ACT Health since 8 January 2022, through the introduction of an online rapid antigen test declaration form that members of the public are asked to complete if they test positive on a RAT. All RAT declarations, including those with limited demographic information, have been included in ACT Health’s daily COVID-19 case counts from 8 January.

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