ACT Health has advised that any Canberrans who have been in the NSW Northern Beaches area from Friday 11 December need to self-quarantine immediately and get tested.
ACT Health has strengthened its health and travel advice to all Canberrans given a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and the evidence of community transmission in the Northern Beaches outbreak reported by NSW Health yesterday evening, Thursday 17 December.
All Canberrans are advised not to travel to the Northern Beaches area of Sydney at this time.
In addition, anyone who has been in an affected location identified by NSW Health should contact the ACT Communicable Disease Control team on (02) 5124 9213 for further advice.
“We know this will be difficult news for people so close to Christmas,” ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman said.
“However, it is important we act quickly to respond to this outbreak while NSW continue with their contact tracing and assess the extent of the local transmission that is occurring.
“This is a timely reminder that as we make plans to come together with our family and friends in the coming weeks, or travel over the summer holidays, we must be COVID-Safe and get tested, even with the mildest of symptoms,” Dr Coleman said.
NSW Health advice and the list of affected locations is available at: www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates ACT Health is monitoring the situation and working closely with NSW Health. As this is a quickly evolving situation, ACT Health will issue further advice as required.
No new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the ACT at this time.
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