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One new case of COVID recorded, ACT Health says risk remains low

One new case of COVID-19 has been recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours, taking the Territory’s total number of cases to 116, with only the one active case.

The new case is a woman in her 50s travelling on a diplomatic passport and is not related to the Commonwealth government-facilitated repatriation flight that arrived at Canberra Airport from Singapore yesterday afternoon.

The woman returned from overseas on 23 November and flew into Sydney International Airport before travelling to Canberra in a private car.

ACT Health said the woman followed all the correct processes and has been quarantining since her return to the ACT. 

She is now being supported by ACT Health who have followed up with two close contacts and are managing them in accordance with national guidelines.

ACT Health said while they believe the risk to these contacts is low, they continue to take a cautious approach.

“The circumstances of this new case demonstrates that our quarantine system here in the ACT is working well to protect the Canberra community from COVID-19,” they said.

The 120 returning Australians who arrived in Canberra yesterday on the Commonwealth government-facilitated repatriation flight are now undertaking their 14-day hotel quarantine.

Three passengers were tested at Canberra Airport following COVID-19 screening of all arrivals, with all three tests coming back negative.

During their 14-day quarantine, all passengers will be tested at least twice; with initial testing today (day 1) and further testing between days 10 and 12.

Additionally, any passenger will be tested if they develop COVID-19 symptoms.

ACT Health said any positive tests will be reported to the community.

Meanwhile, ACT Health continues to monitor the situation in South Australia following an outbreak there earlier this month.

For further information, click here to view the ACT Government’s dedicated COVID-19 website.

The ACT Government also has a helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is (02) 6207 7244 and is available between 8am and 8pm daily.

The Garran Surge Centre will be closed tomorrow, Saturday 28 November. Other testing centres will be open. Click here for more detail.

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