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Three new COVID-19 cases in the ACT

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There have been three (3) new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours, bringing the ACT’s total to 111.

The three individuals are one female and two males (aged in their 20s). Two of the individuals arrived in the ACT from a Melbourne hotspot on Thursday 2 July 2020, and the other is a household contact. A small number of close contacts have been identified and are being managed in accordance with the National Guidelines.

A total of 105 cases have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation.

There are no (0) COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals.

The ACT has recorded three (3) deaths.

The number of negative tests in the ACT is now 33,115.

Further information on new cases

Prior to being tested, the three individuals had visited the Fyshwick Markets on Saturday 4 July between 3pm and 4pm and Westfield Belconnen on Monday 6 July between 12pm and 12:30pm.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said the risk to the broader community was low, however anyone who attended these locations during these times should be vigilant and monitor themselves for symptoms.

“We are confident the risk to the broader ACT community is low,” Dr Coleman said.

“However this is a very important reminder of the ongoing pandemic and the risk posed by the outbreak currently evolving in Melbourne.

“Anyone who has been in Melbourne in the past two weeks should monitor themselves for symptoms and be vigilant.

“From 12.01am today, the ACT has closed its borders for anyone travelling into the ACT from Victoria, unless you have an exemption to enter. ACT residents are approved to return to their home, subject to entering quarantine for a period of 14 days, from the day after leaving Victoria. ACT residents must notify ACT Health of their intention to enter the ACT. Details on how to this are available on the COVID-19 website. We will be checking compliance in partnership with ACT Policing.

“Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should attend one of our testing centres to be tested.

“This is why we have implemented new Public Health Directions that restrict travel to the ACT from Victoria. It is also a critical reminder that no one should be travelling to Victoria except for absolutely essential reasons,” said Dr Coleman.

General information

ACT Health is continuing to take appropriate public health action in line with national guidelines.

It only takes one person with COVID-19 to come into contact with others to create a cluster and potentially start a new wave of COVID-19. We don’t want to go backwards so it is important people don’t become complacent or careless with their actions.

Do not travel to Victoria for any reason other than absolutely essential purposes. Once you return to the ACT, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

We again ask Canberrans to remember four requirements in any situation they face in the coming weeks:

Avoid large crowds;
Keep 1.5 metres apart whenever possible;
Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene; and
Stay home if you are unwell and get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
The ACT Government has 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.

The ACT Government also has a helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is 02 6207 7244 and open between 8am and 8pm daily.

We encourage all Canberrans to continue to stay up to date on developments through the COVID-19 website, ACT Health social media channels and by subscribing to our weekly newsletter at www.act.gov.au/our-canberra/subscribe-to-our-canberra.

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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