18 November 2020

Confirmed cases update

There has been one new case of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours, taking the ACT’s total to 115. There is one active case in the ACT.

A total of 111 cases have recovered from COVID-19 in the ACT.

There are no COVID-19 patients in Canberra hospitals.

The ACT has recorded three (3) deaths.

The number of negative tests recorded in the ACT is now 114,955.

Information on new case of COVID-19

A new case of COVID-19 has been detected in the ACT.

The individual is a man in his 30s and is a diplomat who arrived in Australia on 15 November. He flew into Sydney International Airport and travelled to Canberra by private vehicle.

He has been in quarantine since his arrival and has followed all quarantine measures for returning overseas travellers.

ACT Health has identified two close contacts of the diplomat through contact tracing, in accordance with National Guidelines.

All contacts are following the advice of our public health officers. The diplomat and the contacts are being supported by ACT Health.

The circumstances of this case demonstrate that our quarantine system here in the ACT is working well to protect the Canberra community from COVID-19.

Given the COVID-19 situation internationally, as people continue to return to Australia from overseas in the coming months, there will be a high likelihood of further positive cases here from those in quarantine.

Update on travel to and from South Australia

All non-essential travel between the ACT and South Australia is discouraged at this time.

All flights from Adelaide into Canberra Airport will continue to be met by ACT Health public health response teams to provide travellers with information on COVID-19 symptoms and locations in the ACT where they can undergo testing if they develop symptoms while in the ACT.

Testing will also remain available at the Airport for anyone travelling from South Australia with COVID-19 symptoms to facilitate quick and easy testing.

ACT Health continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation in South Australia closely. Overnight there have been a number of new potential exposure sites that have been added to the SA Health website.

It is important for all ACT residents who have recently returned from South Australia to keep up to date, follow the health advice, and be aware of COVID-19 symptoms. If any symptoms develop, no matter how mild, immediately get tested and self-isolate until you receive a negative result. Further information on testing sites is on the COVID-19 website.

Public Health Emergency extended

The ACT Public Health Emergency has been extended for another 90 days until 17 February 2021.

The extension of the emergency declaration enables the Chief Health Officer to continue to take appropriate action, or give any direction, necessary to protect Canberrans from COVID-19.

General information

It is everyone’s responsibility to follow the health advice and do what we can to ensure we keep ourselves and the community safe. We ask Canberrans to:

  • Keep 1.5 metres apart from people or groups you don’t know
  • Continue good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • Stay home if you are unwell, and
  • Get tested if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

The ACT Government has 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 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.