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Australian capital sees 1st COVID-19 case in 102 days

Senior diplomat who returned from overseas tested positive for coronavirus, local media reports

Islamuddin Sajid   | 22.10.2020
Australian capital sees 1st COVID-19 case in 102 days

ANKARA

Australia’s capital on Thursday reported its first coronavirus case in 102 days after a diplomat returning from overseas tested positive, local media reported.

According to ABC News, a senior diplomat in his 70s returned to Canberra from overseas on Oct. 9.

"We do have the 114th case notified in the ACT [Australian Capital Territory]," ABC quoted Dr. Kerryn Coleman, ACT’s chief health officer, as telling a press conference.

The man, who was in quarantine, got a positive result on his COVID-19 test on day 10 after his return, he added

Canberra reported its last case in June and remained infection-free for almost three months, and the city eased restrictions after 90 days without a reported case.

Gatherings of up to 200 people are currently allowed in Canberra, movie theaters are open with 50% capacity, and many workplaces are starting a return-to-work plan, according to local media

"Today's new reported case does not affect the ACT's restrictions," said ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith

"This is an important reminder to Canberrans that we are not an isolated bubble from COVID-19 and we will continue to see the occasional new case, we've been saying that consistently," she said.

Australia has so far reported 27,458 cases with 905 deaths, while 25,159 people have recovered, according to the US' Johns Hopkins university

*Writing by Islamuddin Sajid

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