ACT’s COVID-19 milestone: virus-free two days in a row

Michael Weaver 5 May 2020
COVID-19 sign

COVID-19 warning sign at Tuggeranong. Photo: File.

No new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the past 24 hours in the ACT, meaning the Territory has been free of known COVID-19 cases for two days.

A total of 103 people have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation. In total, the ACT has had 106 cases, including three COVID-19 deaths. The last two confirmed cases were cleared of the virus yesterday.

The number of negative tests in the ACT is now 8875 and ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman urged Canberrans to continue to be tested if they have flu-like symptoms.

“I ask the community, if you have symptoms, or if you believe you have symptoms, do not lose focus now and please get tested as soon as possible,” Dr Coleman said.

“Testing as many people as possible is vitally important for us to maintain our strong position and it will help us in providing the most accurate representation of COVID-19 in the ACT.”

People can get tested at facilities such as the drive-through testing at EPIC Showground, the walk-in clinic at Weston Creek, or by contacting your general practitioner.

Dr Coleman thanked Canberrans for their efforts in tackling COVID-19 but warned that now is not the time to be complacent.

“We should be proud of what we have achieved through physical distancing and by making huge changes to our daily lives,” Dr Coleman said.

“However, it is important that we protect the good work we have done. Please continue to follow ACT Health directives and practise good hygiene as we continue to help fight this virus together.”

For further information about the health and economic response to COVID-19 in the ACT, visit the dedicated COVID- 19 website. 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.

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