5 May 2020

No new COVID-19 cases, all ACT patients released from hospital

| Genevieve Jacobs
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COVID-19 warning sign at Tuggeranong: Canberrans are still being urged to consider whether their travel is ‘essential’. Photo: Region Media.

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours and all of the ACT’s patients have now been released from hospital, authorities say.

ACT Health says that the total number of COVID-19 diagnoses for the Territory remains at 103. A total of 89 cases have recovered from the virus and these patients have all been released from self-isolation.

All other confirmed cases are isolating at home with ACT Health support. Three deaths have been recorded in the ACT and 6893 negative tests have been taken.

There have been no new COVID-19 cases in more than a week in the neighbouring Southern NSW Local Health District, where diagnoses stand at 53, nor in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, where 45 cases were confirmed.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman expressed gratitude for the Canberra community’s consistent efforts to maintain social distancing requirements but emphasised the need to keep up the good work.

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

“We must continue to 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 or gather in large groups with family and friends.

“Maintaining these measures has helped us to flatten the curve and protect 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.

There is also an ACT Government helpline to assist Canberrans with the challenges of the virus. The COVID-19 Helpline is live and will operates 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.

For details on how the ACT stats compare to other jurisdictions across Australia, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website. This information is updated daily.

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