Coronavirus live updates: Australia’s COVID-19 recovery hangs on vaccine

There have been no new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the past 24 hours, marking 17 days where Canberra has been coronavirus-free.

So far, 14,916 Canberrans have tested negative for coronavirus, with 311 of those results coming through in the past 24 hours.

Despite having no current cases, the ACT Government has pushed on with its pop-up emergency department, built in just 37 days.

Deputy Chief Executive from Canberra Health Services, Dave Peffer, said the $23 million site may never actually be used.

“No one buys insurance hoping to crash their car, you have it in case and this is certainly part of our in case plan for the Territory,” he said.

There is space for 51 patients, including one palliative care bed, with two separate entrances and exits.

“On side is for suspected COVID, these are for patients who we have not yet confirmed they do have the virus, and the other side is for known COVID,” Mr Peffer said.

The facility will stay in Canberra until well after the flu season ends.

“It’s been designed and built in such a way that it can be de-mobilised at any point in time and stored in 20-foot shipping containers,” he said.

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