UPDATED: A man from Sydney’s North-West who returned a ‘low’ positive result to COVID-19 after visiting Canberra over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend has now been declared a ‘false positive’.

ACT Health put out two alerts for the National Gallery and the Via Dolce dessert bar in Civic as potential exposure sites as a result of the man’s visit on Monday 14 June.

Anyone who was at the Gallery was ordered into 14 days home isolation.

Following his ‘low positive’ result, NSW Health referred the man’s case to an expert panel for review.

On Thursday night, he was officially ruled out after follow-up testing.

As a result, ACT Health officials have removed the declaration for the two identified areas of concerns within the Territory, immediately releasing 260 people who were forced into isolation.

A spokesperson for ACT Health said they will continue to take a cautions approach to public health advice as the situation evolves in New South Wales.


“Enacting public health measures early in response to the notification of a positive case of COVID-19 is a crucial part of ACT Health’s work to protect the Canberra community.”

“Today we have released around 260 people from quarantine, who had been required to quarantine as close contacts of this case after attending the National Gallery of Australia on 14 June.”

“We very much thank those who have been in quarantine based on the public health advice at the time, and all those who got tested as casual contacts.”

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