21 March 2020

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

The total number of confirmed cases in the ACT is now 9.

The number of people who have tested negative is now 2212.

Seventh 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 has been admitted to hospital.

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

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

Travel close contacts:

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

People in rows 79-83 on flight QR908 from Doha to Sydney, which arrived on 17 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 12-16 on flight VA672 from Sydney to Canberra, arriving at 9.30pm on 17 March, are considered close contacts.

Any Canberrans sitting in these rows are asked to quarantine themselves and call the Communicable Disease Control Section of ACT Health on (02) 5124 9213 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 31 March. 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.

Eighth Case

The individual is a female in her 60s. She recently returned from overseas where we believe she had been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

She 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 will be contacted as a priority today.

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

Travel close contacts:

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

* The individual travelled on flight QR906 from Doha to Canberra, via Sydney, which arrived at 6.10am on 16 March.

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

ACT Health is still trying to confirm the individual’s seat location and currently considers any Canberran who was on the flight to be a close contact and asks them to call the COVID Helpline 02 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily for further advice.

Ninth Case

The individual is a female in her 50s. She recently returned from overseas where we believe she had been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

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

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

The individual was not infectious during her return travel to Australia so there are no 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 this website 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.