Three new cases of COVID-19, investigations for community transmission continue

Dominic Giannini 5 May 2020 2
ACT Health

ACT Health has confirmed that there are three new cases of COVID-19 in the Territory. Photo: File.

There are three new cases of COVID-19 in the ACT, bringing the Territory’s total up to 96. Two of the new cases have been linked to overseas travel while the third is still under investigation with there being no travel history.

Investigations are still continuing for a previous positive case which is not expected to conclude until at least the end of next week.

The new cases consist of two males and one female aged between 25 to 55, while six patients are being treated for the virus in Canberra hospitals.

A total of 28 cases have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation while the remainder are isolating at home with ACT Health support, a Health spokesperson said.

There is a small chance that the two cases under investigation could be the ACT’s first cases of community transition, as Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said the possibility could not be ruled out but stressed it was unlikely at this stage.

ACT Health recently announced that it would be expanding its testing criteria and confirmed that there have been 5,258 negative COVID-19 tests in the ACT to date.

The announcement came just a day before the ACT confirmed its second COVID-19 related death – an 80-year-old man who had pre-existing health issues.

For information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT please visit www.covid19.act.gov.au.

People who are concerned and want further information on the virus can also call the Australian Government’s 24-hour Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

More to come.


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Ken Mansell Ken Mansell 2:14 pm 05 Apr 20

66 infectious people today (96 cases less 28 recovered and two passed away) down from 76 a few days ago! Estimated 41 to recover in the next 5 days! We have got this Canberra – no infectious people by 1 May!!! Keep social distancing and we beat COVID-19!

    me heretoday me heretoday 10:19 am 06 Apr 20

    I agree on social distancing totally but unless they start actually testing the community and not cherry pick, they can not claim ‘the curve is flattening’.

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