20 March 2020

The ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman, has announced two more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the ACT.

The total number of confirmed cases in the ACT is now 6.

The number of people who have tested negative is now 2056.

Fifth Case

The individual is a male in his 70s. He recently returned from overseas where we believe he had been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

He has complied with self-quarantining directions for travellers returning from overseas and is now isolating with ACT Health support.

A small number of household close contacts have been identified and contacted and are self-quarantining.

There are also a number of travel close contacts we are working to identify.

Travel close contacts:

ACT Health has identified two international flights and one domestic flight, where potential exposure may have occurred as the individual has travelled back to Canberra from overseas.

ACT Health will be working with national authorities to identify individuals who are close contacts as a priority. We are alerting Canberrans while this work is underway.

People in rows 42-46 on flight EY450 from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, which arrived at 6am on 18 March, are considered close contacts.

Everybody entering Australia on international flights from 16 March is required to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Any Canberrans sitting in these specific rows are asked to call the COVID Helpline 02 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily for further advice.

People in rows 3-7 on flight VA640 from Sydney to Canberra, arriving at 11am on 18 March, are considered close contacts.

Any Canberrans sitting in these rows are asked to quarantine themselves and call the COVID Helpline 02 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily for further advice.

Anyone else travelling on these flights in other rows is not considered to be a close contact, and as a precaution, should monitor their health until 1 April. Self-quarantine is not required for domestic travellers to the ACT. International travellers who have caught a connecting flight will still need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

ACT Health is still trying to confirm the individual’s seat location on another flight and currently considers any Canberran who was on flight EY78 from Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi, which arrived at 5.55am local time on 17 March, to be a close contact and asks them to call the COVID Helpline 02 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily for further advice.

Sixth Case

The individual is a male in his 50s. He recently returned from overseas where we believe he had been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

He has complied with self-quarantining directions for travellers returning from overseas and is now isolating with ACT Health support.

A small number of close contacts have been identified and will be contacted as a priority today.

Due to the individual’s specific travel arrangements we do not consider there to be any travel close contacts.

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

For people who are being asked to self-quarantine, there is comprehensive advice on this website, www.covid19.act.gov.au which we ask you to follow.

We also encourage all Canberrans to continue to stay up to date on developments through www.covid19.act.gov.au and 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.