The Australian Capital Territory has confirmed more than 4,200 new cases of coronaviruses in the past two days, with more than a quarter of them occurring in remote areas, including remote townships and rural areas.
The ACT Health Department has confirmed the first of five new coronaviral cases in Darwin this morning, with two deaths.
The department has also confirmed three new cases in the ACT, and one in the Northern Territory.
A fourth case has been confirmed in the WA regional capital of Perth.
More information on coronavides is expected to be released later today.
The first new case of the coronivirus was diagnosed in Darwin yesterday morning, the ACT Health Minister, Dr David Shearer, said.
“We are confident we have identified and confirmed four new coronovirus cases, all in the NT,” he said.
“We have confirmed two deaths in Darwin today, one in Perth and one each in Canberra and the ACT.”
The NT has also reported more than 1,000 new coroniviruses, with a further 1,800 confirmed cases.
A coronavid can be spread through close contact with a person who has had a cough or sneeze.
There is no vaccine, and it is highly unlikely that a person will develop symptoms.
In the ACT and WA, the virus is known as the coronoviral encephalitis virus.
“This is a new strain of coronoviruses and it’s spreading very rapidly,” Dr Shearer said.
Dr Shearer told ABC News Breakfast that the ACT had been very lucky.
“The first cases we have were from a local community in the far north of the ACT.
That community is remote,” he told the ABC.”
What we’re seeing now in the remote communities, in the regional centres, in regional WA, is a different story.””
There’s not a lot of other people in the community who have been exposed.”
What we’re seeing now in the remote communities, in the regional centres, in regional WA, is a different story.
“Dr Shearing said the ACT Government was working to make the community safer, and to improve the community’s health.”
There’s a big need for people to be prepared and we’re very excited to see the ACT do this in the near future.””
In our region there are more than 10,000 people who live in remote communities and they have been very, very fortunate.”
“There’s a big need for people to be prepared and we’re very excited to see the ACT do this in the near future.”
Our focus is to make sure we have the right level of infrastructure to deal with the new coronvirus, the right vaccines, the best education, the community health officers.