5 May 2020

No new cases of COVID-19 in ACT

| Dominic Giannini
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Dr Kerryn Coleman

Dr Kerryn Coleman has warned Canberrans against complacency as the ACT records another day of no new COVID-19 cases. Photo: Region Media.

No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the ACT over the last 24-hours, keeping the total at 104 – the second-lowest in the country.

There are eight active COVID-19 cases in the territory, with just one person in hospital with the virus. The remainder are recovering at home with the help of ACT Health.

Today’s announcement follows ACT Health expanding its testing criteria for the next two weeks.

“From tomorrow, if you present to our testing services with COVID-19 symptoms, even if you have not travelled overseas recently or been a close contact of a confirmed case, you will be tested,” ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Coleman said.

“The ACT continues to be in an excellent position and we now have the capacity to test people from groups that are less likely to have come into contact with COVID-19.

“This will give us clearer information about the prevalence or absence of COVID-19 here in the ACT.”

COVID-19 symptoms include a fever above 38 degrees – or a recent history of fever such as chills or night sweats – or a respiratory infection such as shortness of breath, a sore throat, or a cough.

Despite no new cases in the past 24-hours, Dr Coleman has again warned against community complacency.

More information on COVID-19 testing, symptoms and precautions can be found at www.COVID19.act.gov.au.

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