Saturday marks one year since the ACT recorded its last locally acquired case of COVID-19.

The person became infected from a close contact after the virus found its way back into the ACT from what was then Victoria’s deadly second wave.

Now, one year on and in the midst of what is a worsening outbreak in Greater Sydney, ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerryn Coleman said the results locally are significant.

“As with many Canberrans I’m surprised with that but incredibly pleased.”

The evolving situation in New South Wales, however, is a reminder of the constant threat the Territory still faces as the pandemic continues.

“The new delta strain in 50% more transmissible and so if there is seeding of a case in the ACT there will certainly be transmission.”

“So whenever New South Wales is impacted, that’s particularly concerning for me.”


But Dr Coleman insists the Territory is well placed to manage any future outbreaks.

“It will be what it is and when it comes we will respond as we know how to respond and the circumstance will dictate how we achieve that.”

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