24 April 2020

There has been one (1) new case of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours. The ACT’s total is now 105.

This individual is a male in his 60s. The case is still under investigation.

A total of 97 cases have recovered from COVID-19 and have been released from self-isolation.

The remaining cases are isolating at home with ACT Health support.

There are currently no COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals.

The ACT has recorded three (3) deaths.

The number of negative tests in the ACT is now 7336.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said it had been expected that the ACT would have more cases.

“As we have been saying, this pandemic is not over and we do expect to see more cases in Canberra,” Dr Coleman said.

“We are still in a very good position in here in the ACT as this is only our third confirmed case in the past two weeks.

“The details of this case are still being investigated but early indications are that this individual has had very minimal contact with other people. ACT Health will contact anyone identified as a close contact.

“This latest case is good reminder of why we have physical distancing rules in place. I ask all Canberrans to continue to comply with the directions that are in place to protect our whole community.”

Be responsible this weekend

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman is reminding everyone to do the right thing this Anzac Day long weekend and to stay at home.

“This year we will observe Anzac Day in a different way and we encourage the community to commemorate by holding your own dawn service at the end of your driveway at 6am tomorrow morning, or by observing a minute of silence at 11.30am,” Dr Coleman said.

“The safest thing to do tomorrow is to stay at home. If people wish to lay a wreath or leave a poppy at a significant site across Canberra, please do so in groups no more than two people, keep a distance of 1.5m from people, maintain good respiratory hygiene, and leave the area as soon as possible.”

General information

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

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 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 helpline to assist Canberrans through the challenges of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Helpline is now live and will operate on 02 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily.

We encourage all Canberrans 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.