From ACT Health:
Confirmed cases update
There have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours, leaving the ACT’s total at 118. There are no active cases in the ACT.
A total of 115 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 148,542.
Update on travel restrictions from COVID-19 affected areas of NSW
ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman today announced changes to travel restrictions from COVID-19 affected areas of NSW.
From 3pm today, the ACT Public Health Direction will be amended to remove the Central Coast and Wollongong from the list of COVID-19 affected areas in NSW, as well as some areas of Greater Sydney. It will mean people currently in quarantine in the ACT from the Central Coast, Wollongong and some areas of Greater Sydney will no longer be required to quarantine. They will be informed of this change via SMS and email from ACT Health from 3pm today.
A Public Health Direction will remain in place for certain areas of Western and South-western Sydney which present the highest risk of COVID-19 transmission. This change to the Public Health Direction will mean ACT residents and non-residents who have been in the 11 Local Government Areas (LGAs) listed below at any time in the past 14 days will need to complete their quarantine period. People currently in quarantine who need to remain in quarantine will also receive an SMS from ACT Health with advice.
The 11 specific Local Government Areas (LGAs) are:
- Northern Beaches
- Blacktown City
- Canada Bay City
- Fairfield City
- Inner West
- Liverpool City
- Paramatta City
- Strathfield Municipality
Travel restrictions from these 11 specific COVID-19 affected LGAs will remain in place:
- ACT residents – can return to the ACT, but need to notify ACT Health of their intention to return via our online declaration form and enter quarantine for 14 days.
- Non-ACT residents – are legally not permitted to enter the ACT without a valid exemption. If people who have been in these areas in the last 14 days need to travel to the ACT for extraordinary circumstances, they need to apply for an exemption at least three days prior to their travel. People who have applied for an exemption who have indicated they have been in the areas which are no longer COVID-19 affected areas will receive an email from for ACT Health.
ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman said that while the removal of some areas from the Public Health Direction is a positive step forward, it’s not a sign to start lowering our guard.
“Although the situation in NSW has stabilised, there remain some areas that continue to see cases where NSW has been unable to detect a source or link to a known infection,” Dr Coleman said.
“While NSW continues to get on top of these clusters, these areas still pose a high enough risk to the ACT to retain the existing travel and quarantine requirements for anyone coming from these areas. We also urge people from these areas to not travel to the ACT at this time.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and work with our NSW counterparts.
“At this time, these restrictions will remain in place for at least another week, until Tuesday 19 January 2021 when we will reassess the situation and update the community.
“Although we currently have no active cases in the ACT, it’s vital that we remain vigilant to respond to any changes to our situation should it arise. As a community, our best defence against COVID-19 is still to physically distance from other groups whenever possible, practise good hand and respiratory hygiene, stay home if you are unwell, and get tested if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19.
“I would like to thank all those who have been in quarantine for complying with the requirements and working closely with us to keep our community safe,” Dr Coleman said.
Everyone is advised to continue to monitor NSW Health if they have been to a COVID-19 affected area in NSW and follow their advice.
For more information, visit: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel
Advice for those who have left quarantine from Greater Brisbane yesterday
Although yesterday travel restrictions were removed for the Greater Brisbane area, there is one case connected to the hotel worker who has the UK strain of COVID-19, that has been reported recently. This is why it is so important that anyone who has recently returned from Greater Brisbane remain alert. Please continue to check the Queensland Health website daily.
If you are identified as a close contact by Queensland Health or you have been to any one of the contact tracing locations you need to follow Queensland Health’s advice immediately and contact ACT Health on (02) 6207 7244.
Also, continue to be vigilant for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if any develop, no matter how mild.