Health minister extends public emergency

Share Canberra's trusted news:

THE ACT public health emergency has been extended another 90 days – to May 18 – after ACT chief health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman recognised an ongoing threat of COVID-19 in Australia. 

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith made the announcement today (February 17), saying the extension of the emergency declaration will enable the chief health officer to continue to take appropriate action, or give any direction, necessary to protect Canberrans from COVID-19.

“The reality is we will be living with COVID-19 until a vaccine is widely available to everyone,” she said.

“While there has been very positive news in recent days with the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine and the approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine, we have a way to go in completing the vaccine roll out across the country.

“We need to ensure we have the right processes in place to quickly and appropriately respond to any threat of COVID-19 in our community. Canberrans can expect a public health emergency will be in place for some months to come and most likely throughout 2021.”

Who Can You Trust?

In a world beleaguered by spin and confused messages, there's never been more need for diverse, trustworthy, independent journalism in Canberra.

Who can you trust? Well, for more than 25 years, "CityNews" has proudly been an independent, free, family-owned news magazine, serving the national capital with quality, integrity and authority. Through our weekly magazine and daily through our digital platforms, we constantly and reliably deliver high-quality and diverse opinion, news, arts, socials and lifestyle columns.

If you trust our work online and believe in the power of independent voices, I encourage you to make a small contribution.

Every dollar of support will be invested back into our journalism so we can continue to provide a valuably different view of what's happening around you and keep free.

Click here to make your donation and you will be supporting the future of journalism and media diversity in the ACT.

Thank you,

Ian Meikle, editor

Previous articleHealth chief to remove Victoria as a covid-affected area
Next articleSpoilt for choice when it comes to businesses 

Leave a Reply