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No active COVID-19 cases in ACT for first time in 7 weeks

For the first time since 12 March when the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was recorded in Canberra, there are no active cases in the ACT. No new cases have been recorded here in the past 24 hours, and the ACT’s total number of cases remains at 106.   

A total of 103 cases have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation. 

The ACT has recorded three deaths.

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The number of negative tests in the ACT is now 8,568.

No active cases and getting tested

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman has welcomed the news that the ACT no longer has any active cases of COVID-19 but has cautioned the community that the pandemic is still ongoing.

“Today marks the first time in seven weeks our territory has no active cases of COVID-19 and this is because of the strong work the community is doing to stop this virus,” Dr Coleman said.


“I want to thank you for practising physical distancing and making these huge changes to your daily life. Today’s news is exactly why we have put these measures into place.

“However, it is important to stress that we should still protect the good work we have done. Please continue to follow ACT Health directives and practise good hygiene as we continue help fight this virus together.

“Tomorrow it will be one week since we expanded testing criteria to help us get an even better view of the situation in the community.

“Even though we have no active cases at the moment, it’s vitally important that we continue testing as many people with symptoms as possible to know the most accurate representation of COVID-19 within the ACT community.

“I ask everyone who is showing symptoms, or believes they may have symptoms, to get tested as soon as possible at either the drive through testing facility at the EPIC Showground, at the walk-in clinic at Weston Creek, or by contacting their general practitioner.

“We are in an excellent position in the ACT and we have the capacity to test anyone who has symptoms, regardless of if they were in contact with people who had COVID-19 or not.”

All people who are tested are required to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result.

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’s COVID-19 Helpline operates on 02 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.

People who are concerned and want further information on the virus, can also call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.   

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