Health authorities are looking for close contact with an ACT man who was confirmed to be the first case of coronavirus in the state capital.
The 30-year-old man was tested for COVID-19 at the Weston Creek Walk-in Center on Wednesday. The positive result was confirmed on Thursday.
Health officials say the person will be brought to Canberra Hospital and arrangements will be made to ensure ongoing safety for staff and the wider community.
ACT chief Andrew Barr says more cases are expected in the coming weeks.
“However, this is not a cause for concern,” he told reporters.
“We ask Canberrans to work with us to minimize the spread of the virus.”
The public is encouraged to maintain proper hygiene such as hand washing and to stay at home if they feel unwell.
Chief physician ACT Kerryn Coleman said the man was overseas, but outside the 14-day window, he was interstate.
“We need to spend a little time examining this person’s movements in the 14 days before they first feel unwell, to see if we can identify any association with other cases,” said Dr. Coleman.
“I think it is very likely that he was in contact with someone at home.”
The man felt uncomfortable with fever and tiredness for the first time on Tuesday.
Every state and territory has at least one case of the coronavirus that has been classified as a global pandemic.
There were three deaths nationwide, with many of the more than 120 confirmed cases having already been cured.
“We have been practicing and preparing for it for many weeks,” said Dr. Coleman.
“I can assure everyone that the hospital and our health staff are very well prepared.”
Dr. Coleman said there were 441 negative coronavirus tests on the territory.
Regardless, Universities Australia has told people who attended a conference in Canberra in the last week of February that a delegate tested positive for the virus later.
The person returned to their home state after the conference ended on February 27.
Australian universities advised delegates to see a doctor by Friday if they have a fever, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle pain.