01 April 2020

Confirmed cases update

There have been five (5) new confirmed ACT cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours bringing the ACT’s total to 84*.

The new cases consist of three (3) males and two (2) females, aged between 27 and 79. Four (4) of the new cases are linked to overseas travel, including on cruise ships, and one (1) is a close contact of a previous confirmed case.

One (1) case is still under investigation by ACT Health.

There remains no evidence of community transmission in the ACT.

There are currently nine (9) COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals.

A total of eight (8) cases have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation. The rest are isolating at home with ACT Health support.

There have been 4774 negative COVID-19 tests in the ACT to date.

The ACT has recorded one death.

ACT Health is continuing to take appropriate public health action in line with national guidelines.

*Reduction in total confirmed cases

After further testing another of the ACT’s previously confirmed cases has been determined to not have COVID-19 and has been removed from the ACT’s total. As a result, the total for the ACT has only increased by four (4) today despite recording five (5) new confirmed cases.

ACT Health has taken a very precautionary approach to classifying indeterminate tests that indicate a probable positive result.

In cases where the indeterminate tests indicate it is more likely to be positive than not, the individual has been classified as a confirmed case until further testing can provide a more definitive result. As with other confirmed cases, thorough contact tracing is undertaken.

Where further testing definitively determines the individual to not have COVID-19 the case is reclassified as a negative result.

General information

It’s important for Canberrans 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 new 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

We encourage all Canberrans to continue to stay up to date on developments through the new 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.