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ACT Policing continue strict quarantine checks

Canberra’s one active case of COVID-19 has been reported to be doing all the right things, as ACT Policing continue carrying out quarantine and compliance checks.

Policing members have carried out 898 COVID-19 quarantine checks in the past week, recording a total of 15,600 checks during Canberra’s response to the virus.

ACT Policing’s COVID-19 Taskforce head, Detective Superintendent Hall O’Meagher, said it was important Canberrans continue to remain vigilant in the fight against the virus.

“This case serves as a reminder that the pandemic is still a very real factor in our community, and we all need to continue to take social distancing and health directions seriously,” Detective Superintendent O’Meagher said.

“In addition to continuing our compliance checks on those who are isolating, ACT Policing is being notified about public events, and people can expect to see officers patrolling them to help keep our community safe from COVID-19.”

ACT Health has also reminded Canberrans today (27 October) travel to the ACT from Victoria remains restricted, with those wanting to travel into the Territory needing to obtain an exemption.

Those entering from Victoria may also be required to undertake 14 days self-quarantine upon their arrival.

The ACT’s first active coronavirus case in more than 100 days was recorded last Thursday 22 October and is the 114th case in the Territory. He is a man in his 70s and a member of the diplomatic community, who had been in quarantine since his return from overseas on 9 October.

He was reported to have flown into Sydney and driven a private car into Canberra without stopping on the way.

ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith last week advised the ACT had consistently seen between 250 and 300 people quarantining in the Territory at any one time.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman advised that, on average, 20-25% of these were part of the diplomatic community.

To date, the ACT has not recorded any cases of community transmission.

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