5 May 2020

No new COVID-19 cases, negative tests eclipse 7,000

| Dominic Giannini
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There are no new cases of COVID-19 in the territory today (21 April). Photo: Canberra Health Services.

No new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the ACT in the past 24-hours, meaning there has only been one active case confirmed in the territory since 10 April.

The ACT’s total number of cases is currently 104. One patient remains in hospital.

One case was recorded on 13 April. Yesterday’s confirmed case – although new to ACT Health – was actually an old case as the man had already recovered from the virus.

Today’s announcement means there are less than 10 active cases in the ACT as 92 people have made a full recovery from the virus. Three people have died in the ACT.

Over 7,000 negative test results have also been returned.

The Tuggeranong area has returned the most confirmed cases with 23 (which includes recoveries and deaths) followed by the South Canberra and Gungahlin regions with 17 each.

COVID-19 cases

Heat mapping of COVID-19 cases by SA3 statistical regions in the ACT. Image: ACT Health.

Almost 80 per cent of cases in the ACT were acquired overseas and just over 15 per cent of cases were close contacts of these cases.

Interstate infections make up five per cent of the territory’s transmission and one case is from a locally unknown transmission source.

However, ACT Health has again warned against complacency over the long weekend, saying it is important that Canberrans remain at home for Anzac Day to ensure infections do not spike again.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said all Canberrans should avoid large gatherings and only travel if it is necessary.

“I encourage you to find new ways of commemorating Anzac Day this year that are consistent with the rules around physical distancing,” Dr Coleman said.

“Canberrans have been incredible in their response so far and I thank them for the efforts; however, this pandemic is still ongoing and large gatherings and trips away over the Anzac Day weekend are simply not possible this year.”

The ACT Government has established a dedicated COVID-19 website for 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.

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