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.