UPDATED: ACT records new COVID-19 case

Genevieve Jacobs 1 July 2020 35
Dr Kerryn Coleman

Dr Kerryn Coleman says the new case is a reminder that the pandemic is not over yet. Photo: Dominic Giannini.

UPDATED 3 pm: ACT Health has issued a correction regarding the date of the ACT’s last COVID-19 diagnosis. The date should have read May 4.

June 7: The ACT has recorded its first new case of COVID-19 since the end of April, ACT Health said today.

A man in his 40’s who has recently returned from overseas has tested positive for the disease in the last 24 hours. The man has been in quarantine since his return from international travel and health authorities say that a small number of close contacts have been identified and are now also in quarantine as a consequence. This is in line with national COVID-19 guidelines.

The diagnosis brings the number of COVID-19 cases in the ACT to 108. Three deaths have been recorded and all other patients have recovered. There are no COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals and 20,379 negative tests have been carried out in the ACT.

The new case will be recorded as having been acquired overseas and Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said she was confident that there has been no risk to the broader ACT community.

“The case is, however, a good reminder of the ongoing pandemic and the need for our community to continue to observe physical distancing and hygiene measures, and for people to stay home if they are unwell”, she said.

Dr Coleman added that the case is also a demonstration of how important it is for the ACT to maintain a high level of testing in the community as restrictions begin to ease and people begin moving more freely.

“Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should attend one of our testing centres to be tested”, she said

“We expect that as restrictions are lifted and the movement of people around Australia increases, it is likely that cases will continue to be diagnosed around Australia, including in the ACT. The ACT will continue to have a strong and rapid public health response to any new cases,” said Dr Coleman.

The message from ACT Health continues to be that while restrictions have eased, our responsibilities as a community haven’t. Staying at home as much as possible and avoiding large crowds is still the best way to protect yourself, and your family, from any potential risk of infection.

“We know people are eager to leave their homes and it is understandable that people want to get out and about, however we must remember that it only takes one person with COVID-19 to come into contact with others to create a cluster and potentially start a new wave of COVID-19.

“We don’t want to go backwards so it is important people don’t become complacent or careless with their actions”, Dr Coleman said.

It is still important to avoid large crowds and gather in groups of no more than 10 people, to keep 1.5 metres apart whenever possible; to continue good hand and respiratory hygiene; and to stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The ACT Government has a dedicated COVID-19 website for all information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT. You can also contact the COVID-19 Helpline on 02 6207 7244 between 8 am and 8 pm daily.

People who are concerned and want further information on the virus, can also call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


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35 Responses to UPDATED: ACT records new COVID-19 case
Michael Duggan Michael Duggan 6:36 pm 11 Jun 20

I can't understand why the Embassy concerned hasn't been made public They should be ashamed that one of their employees flaunts the laws of their host nation

Nicole Power Nicole Power 12:58 pm 10 Jun 20

Stay home unless you need protest ... doesn’t really matter anymore.. thousands got out on the weekend anyway..

Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 4:39 pm 08 Jun 20

ACT Health Minister (reported on ABC News) has flicked responsibility to DFAT. Apparently the man drove Sydney to Canberra with an active case of COVID and failed to comply with quarantine requirements.

Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 7:39 am 08 Jun 20

The man is a public servant – described as a diplomat. Why was he exempted from hotel quarantine? That is the only way “other family contacts” could have become an issue. The health minister needs to explain just why officials are being privileged and exempted from the rules. And has the official’s partner been in a government building for work?

Garvin Francis Garvin Francis 7:35 am 08 Jun 20

I thought the borders are closed. Who's travelling?

Susanne Scott Susanne Scott 8:59 pm 07 Jun 20

I’d love to know how there are a ‘small number of close contacts’ that have been identified if he was in a hotel quarantine! And if he wasn’t in hotel quarantine, this speaks volumes for why there should be no exemptions!

Bernadette Stanhope Bernadette Stanhope 7:48 pm 07 Jun 20

Did the person materialize at home without any travel from plane to home??? Take this killer disease seriously and put people in real quarantine. What does border force do ??

Harry Sotiropoulos Harry Sotiropoulos 6:06 pm 07 Jun 20

And so the 2nd phase begins....

Krystle Anne Krystle Anne 5:52 pm 07 Jun 20

I wish they would tell us more about places they've been?

Lynn Stape Lynn Stape 4:17 pm 07 Jun 20

"It is still important to avoid large crowds and gather in groups of no more than 10 people"... hasnt the horse already bolted on this

Robert Hawes Robert Hawes 4:06 pm 07 Jun 20

This is a bit misleading. The only connection to the ACT is that he is a resident of the ACT. He acquired the virus overseas and has not yet returned to the ACT.

    Lynne Audsley Lynne Audsley 4:11 pm 07 Jun 20

    Robert, how do you know?

    Robert Hawes Robert Hawes 9:30 pm 07 Jun 20

    Lynne Audsley The article says he has been in quarantine since his return from overseas. I really do not care which state he actually is in.

    My point is that there is no evidence that the virus exists in the ACT.

    Suzy Nunes Suzy Nunes 10:26 pm 07 Jun 20

    He is in the ACT. He is a diplomat who was quarantining at home. ACT health only report on cases diagnosed in the ACT

    Leisa Nicole Leisa Nicole 12:35 am 08 Jun 20

    The ABC report states that he is a diplomat, and after arriving in Sydney by plane, he travelled by private car and returned to the ACT.

    THAT makes me angry! Diplomatic immunity and virus immunity are not related! EVERYONE coming into the country should be hotel quarantined in the city of their arrival!

Andrew Hope Andrew Hope 2:19 pm 07 Jun 20

If he went straight into quarantine why do the close contacts need isolation?

    Vivian Chu Vivian Chu 3:14 pm 07 Jun 20

    Andrew Hope sounds like it’s just home quarantine

    Rosemary Brooker Rosemary Brooker 3:38 pm 07 Jun 20

    Andrew Hope It may be family who travelled with him?

    Lynn Stape Lynn Stape 4:15 pm 07 Jun 20

    Andrew, let us hope it is as Rosemary has suggested otherwise those close contacts could have spread it further afield...

    Tara Murray Tara Murray 4:17 pm 07 Jun 20

    Andrew Hope maybe they were with him? 🤷‍♀️

    Bernadette Stanhope Bernadette Stanhope 7:48 pm 07 Jun 20

    Andrew Hope exactly. It is a joke.

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 9:14 pm 07 Jun 20

    Andrew Hope So they don't risk passing it on?

    Andrew Hope Andrew Hope 9:25 pm 07 Jun 20

    Kytie Mclign people that come back from overseas are supposed to go STRAIGHT into isolation in a hotel. By definition there should be zero “close contacts” requiring quarantine

    Suzy Nunes Suzy Nunes 10:35 pm 07 Jun 20

    He is a diplomat who was quarantining at home in Weston Creek.

Ray Ez Ray Ez 1:57 pm 07 Jun 20

Hope everyone at Friday’s protests were social distancing and not gathering in groups....

    Jesse Mahoney Jesse Mahoney 3:21 pm 07 Jun 20

    Ray Ez he's a traveller who has been in quarantine...

    Ray Ez Ray Ez 3:51 pm 07 Jun 20

    Jesse Mahoney and in contact with a small group of other people, who were in contact with a ;larger group of people....etc etc.

    Jesse Mahoney Jesse Mahoney 4:15 pm 07 Jun 20

    Ray then that's either a breach of quarantine or a failure of the quarantine system. Just think for a second.

    Ray Ez Ray Ez 4:18 pm 07 Jun 20

    Jesse Mahoney The man has been in quarantine since his return from international travel and health authorities say that a small number of close contacts have been identified and are now also in quarantine as a consequence. Quote. From the article. It only takes 1. Think.

Yvonne Smith Yvonne Smith 1:45 pm 07 Jun 20

What about the other passengers and crew

    Helen Rose Helen Rose 2:33 pm 07 Jun 20

    The person could've contracted the virus on a plane full of people returning from overseas. Supposedly they all went to hotels for isolation. The crews would be excluded.

    Tara Murray Tara Murray 4:18 pm 07 Jun 20

    Yvonne Smith everyone probably would have gone into hotels for quarantine for the 2 week period

    Joanne White Joanne White 4:45 pm 07 Jun 20

    I thought there were no international flights arriving into Australia.

    Kytie Mclign Kytie Mclign 9:14 pm 07 Jun 20

    Yvonne Smith They would be the few people - along with the hotel receptionist etc.

Michelle Eggleton Michelle Eggleton 1:32 pm 07 Jun 20

Doesn't sound like he went straight into hotel quarantine when his flight landed

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