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Coronavirus cases in the ACT more than doubles in 24 hours

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The number of cases of COVD-19 in the ACT has jumped from nine to 19 in the past 24 hours.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canberra has more than doubled in just 24 hours.

ACT Chief Health Officer Dr Kerryn Coleman this afternoon announced seven men and three women aged between 21 and 67 had all tested positive for COVID-19.

The 10 new cases brings the total number of cases in the ACT to 19.

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"At present we do not believe we have community transmission occurring in the ACT," Dr Coleman said.

"The increase in the number of cases in the ACT over the past few days is largely in relation to those returning home from overseas travel."

Dr Coleman said eight of the new cases are linked to recent overseas travel and one is a close contact of a previous case.

Two COVID-19 patients are being treated in the Canberra Hospital, while the remainder are in isolation at home.

The ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the territory government is working closely with the NSW Government and surrounding Local Government Areas to best work out how to protect the region.

"The ACT cannot close its borders but our region will be protected," Mr Barr said.

"People returning from overseas or those who test positive to COVD-19 are requested to self-isolate.

"People should expect more and more tough and stringent rules being put in place.

"(We) need you to take action and take it seriously…avoid all non-essential travel, we need you to wash your hands regularly and often otherwise the circumstances will be dire.

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"We must all act together to ensure we stop the spread of this virus."

Beachgoers are seen at Bondi Beach despite the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sydney, Friday, March 20, 2020.

From this afternoon, the ACT will bring testing in line with what is being done in NSW to test the most vulnerable in the community, and how NSW tackles possibly closing its borders.

Ms Coleman also confirmed there are a number of people in Canberra who were on the Ruby Princess cruise ship that docked in Sydney at the end of last week.

Authorities said 2,395 people who have been tested in Canberra were not found to have the disease.

ACT Health are urging anyone in Canberra who has recently travelled by air to check the their website for relevant flight details of confirmed cases.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-canberra-covid-19-cases-climb-to-19-over-24-hours/2ff41dfc-fcff-4ca9-b34d-b321ab424219

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