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Ian Cubitts
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ACT update: No new COVID-19 cases recorded overnight

An update has been issued to this story.
There has been no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours, even with testing continuing over the long weekend. The ACT’s total remains at 103.  
A total of 62 cases have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation. This is more than half of all confirmed cases in the ACT.
There are currently four COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals. The remainder are isolating at home with ACT Health support. 
There is a total of three cases under investigation and ACT Health is awaiting further test results before their status can be determined. This includes further investigation in relation to an ACT Health staff member and their close contact, who recently returned from overseas. Both the confirmed case and their close contact have done everything they were supposed to do, have taken all the right steps and are providing ongoing assistance with the public health investigation.  
The ACT has recorded two deaths. 
The number of negative tests in the ACT is now more than 6,100, rising from 6,017 negative tests yesterday to 6,103 negative tests today. 
Continue to remain vigilant  
Acting ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Vanessa Johnston acknowledged and thanked Canberrans for their efforts in helping flatten the curve but reminded the community that we need to continue the good work to protect vulnerable people.  
“As I have said all this week, please stay home this Easter long weekend. Do not travel to the coast or interstate or gather in large groups with family and friends,” Dr Johnston said.
“If you do need to go out for essential reasons, then complying with the rules on physical distancing and practicing good hand and respiratory hygiene are the most important tools in slowing the spread of COVID-19. 
“I also encourage Canberrans to find new ways to connect with their loved ones over this Easter period. People all around the world are using technology to stay socially connected during this pandemic and this can be a great way to keep in touch with your family and friends when you can’t physically visit.”   
General information    
ACT Health is continuing to take appropriate public health action in line with national guidelines.   
They remind Canberrans it is important “to remain calm and keep informed, and to keep focussed on the practical things we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and the most vulnerable in our community”.    
The ACT Government has established 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 has also established a new helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is 02 6207 7244 and is operational between 8am and 8pm daily.  
Canberrans are encouraged to continue to stay up to date on developments through the COVID-19 website, as well as ACT Health social media channels. 
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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