The man who is believed to have sparked Canberra’s current COVID-19 lockdown has spoken from his sickbed to dispel rumours that he brought the infection on himself by acting illegally.
Cedric Nyamsi is usually a fit, healthy 27-year-old, but the virus has knocked him flat. He told Region Media he’s as mystified as anyone about how he contracted it.
A Commonwealth Games wrestler, he’s been brought to his knees by the virus and doesn’t want to see anyone else infected.
“It makes me feel bad,” Cedric said. “Because of me, Canberra is in lockdown. But I didn’t do anything wrong. Someone gave it to me too.”
Cedric claims he has not left the ACT in the past three months and says he is doing everything he can to help contact tracers.
“I don’t want anyone to die because of me,” Cedric said.
“I’m very fit. I thought if I got it [COVID-19], it would be like a light fever, but it’s very bad.
“I’m trying to help them [the contact tracers] find out where I got it from.”
Cedric said he was devastated by rumours he caught COVID-19 by breaching health orders and driving into Sydney to get drugs.
“I was shocked when social media said I went to Sydney to buy drugs,” he said.
“I am a wrestler … number one in Australia … I don’t take drugs at all.”
Cedric said he began feeling unwell late on Tuesday night. He took ibuprofen and went to bed. Early the next morning, he felt a bit better and went to his job as an apprentice builder but was immediately sent home.
“As soon as my boss saw me, he told me to go and see a doctor,” Cedric said.
However, when he turned up at the doctor’s surgery, he was turned away and told to attend a testing facility.
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Feeling increasingly unwell, Cedric bought some over-the-counter medication and a toothbrush and went to the hotel where he was staying while he moved house to regain his strength.
“I was too sick to even go for testing,” he said. “I took some medication and lay down. About 4:00 pm, I started to feel better, so I went to Exhibition Park for testing, but it was closing, so I went to a walk-in centre at Weston Creek.
“I did my test and was asked to go home and isolate until I got a result. I went straight back to the hotel room and stayed there.”
Cedric said he couldn’t believe it when his positive result came in.
“I was shocked,” he said. “I thought, ‘oh my God, where did I get it from?’ I know I haven’t been out of Canberra for the last three months.
“I’m still confused. I really don’t know where I got it.”
Since his positive reading, Cedric has been moved to a self-contained isolation apartment but claims he hasn’t been seen by a doctor or a nurse.
“I don’t see anyone,” he said. “My breathing is okay, but I have a very bad headache. My nose is blocked and I feel so tired.”
Cedric has lived in Canberra for the past three-and-a-half years after migrating from Cameroon.
ACT Policing said today in a statement that it does not release names of individuals under investigation nor confirm investigations of individuals without receiving other specific details relating to time of a potential incident for obvious privacy and operational reasons.
“The priority for our community right now is to allow ACT Health to conduct all contract tracing to occur for all positive COVID-19 cases in Canberra”, the statement said.
“It is crucial ACT Health has time to do this important work and the people they are liaising with, feel confident to honestly report their movements to ensure that information can then be shared with our community.
“ACT Policing’s focus remains on enforcing the current health directions in the ACT, which includes monitoring people’s movements across the territory, to help ensure there are no more cases of COVID-19. Once this has occurred, and if any potential breaches are reported, ACT Policing may investigate and consider if enforcement action is required”.
Police have reiterated that while the lockdown has led to significant speculation, Canberrans should think about their public comments and not consider taking matters into their own hands online or sharing unhelpful information.
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