Canberra’s covid-free again after diplomat recovers

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ACT chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman. Photo: Holly Treadaway

MORE than a week after Canberra recorded its first active coronavirus case in months, it has returned to being covid-free. 

Last Thursday (October 22), ACT Health reported that an overseas traveller, a diplomat in his 70s, was the first active COVID-19 case in the territory in more than three months. He brought case number total in the ACT to 114.

Today, ACT health chief officer Dr Kerryn Coleman says he has recovered and has been released from isolation.

She says it’s pleasing that the ACT had returned to zero active cases, but urges the community not to become complacent.

“While we have no active cases once again in the ACT, it is important that we all remember our responsibilities to keep ourselves and the community safe from COVID-19,” she says. 

“The pandemic is not over and it is likely we will continue to see the occasional case here in Canberra.

“This means it is also important that everyone continues to get tested as soon as they experience any COVID-19 symptoms, however mild they may be, as testing is a critical part of our surveillance measures in place to detect any future cases.”

The number of negative tests recorded in the ACT is now 106,601.

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