One new COVID-19 case has been reported in the ACT in the past 24 hours.
One new case of COVID-19 has been reported in the ACT in the past 24 hours.

Update issued 8 April

The COVID-19 curve continues to flatten in the ACT, with one new Coronavirus COVID-19 case recorded in the ACT overnight, bringing the Territory’s total to 97 as at 7 April.

The one new confirmed case is a female in her 70s who was a close contact of a previous confirmed case. There are currently six COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals, while there have been two COVID-19 casualties in the ACT.

Acting ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Vanessa Johnston has reminded all Canberrans, as hard as it is, that we must continue complying with the rules on physical distancing and staying at home.

“We are most certainly flattening the curve, however many jurisdictions are still seeing spread of the disease so we must not become complacent,” Dr Johnston said.

“Please stay home this Easter long weekend. Do not think it is safe to travel down the coast or interstate or gather with family and friends. Please find other ways that you can connect with your loved ones over this Easter period.

“Continue with physical distancing measures as well as maintaining excellent hand and respiratory hygiene practices. Each of these will lessen the impact on our health system when community transmission does occur here in Canberra.”

A total of 42 cases have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation. The remainder are isolating at home with ACT Health support.

COVID-19 patients in the ACT who don’t require hospital admission are now able to receive clinical support from the Weston Creek Walk-in Centre, which was recently confirmed as a dedicated Respiratory Assessment Centre (RAC).

There have been 5497 negative COVID-19 tests in the ACT to date.

The ACT Government has established a new dedicated COVID-19 website for all information about the health and economic response to the pandemic in the ACT. 

People who are concerned and want further information on the virus can also call the Australian Government’s 24/7 Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

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