ACT records no new COVID-19 cases, 85 per cent of local patients have recovered

Genevieve Jacobs 5 May 2020
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The ACT Government has established a dedicated COVID- 19 website for information about the pandemic in the ACT. Photo: Region Media.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours and 85 per cent of local patients have now recovered and have been released from isolation.

ACT Health says that 88 of the ACT’s total 103 cases are now clear of the virus although one patient remains in the Canberra Hospital. The remaining 15 patients continue to isolate at home with the support of ACT Health.

Three people have died from the virus in the ACT and 6753 negative tests have been conducted.

There have also been no new COVID-19 diagnoses in the surrounding Southern NSW and Murrumbidgee Local Health Districts for a week or more.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman has thanked Canberrans for their continuing efforts to suppress the spread of infection but emphasised the need to continue working to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the ACT.

Yesterday, ACT Health conceded that a single case of COVID-19 has been classified as community transmission after contact tracing had been unable to definitively identify the source of infection following almost three weeks of investigations.

“We actually haven’t found anybody who we know came into contact with this person and has evidence of having had the disease,” Dr Coleman said.

But she added that the case does not mean that community transmission is established in the ACT although the need for vigilance remains high.

“We are in a very good position, but I remind people to not become complacent,” Dr Coleman said.

“This weekend, please only go out for essential reasons, comply with the rules of physical distancing and practice good hand and respiratory hygiene.

“This is not the time to travel to the coast, interstate or gather in large groups with family and friends.

“Maintaining these measures is helping to flatten the curve and is critical in protecting our most vulnerable community members.”

The ACT Government has established a dedicated COVID- 19 website for all information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT. For further information visit www.covid19.act.gov.au.

The ACT Government has also established a helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is now live and will operate on 02 6207 7244 between 8:00 am and 8:00 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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