Live COVID updates: Darwin to enter 48-hour lockdown after registering four new cases

Containment of COVID-19 in the Northern Territory

Darwin, Palmerston and the Litchfield local government area will enter a 48-hour lockdown from 1:00 p.m. local time today after the NT registered four new cases of the coronavirus, Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

Under confinement, residents of these local government areas will only be allowed to leave their homes for five reasons:

  • Medical treatment, including coronavirus tests and vaccinations
  • To obtain essential goods and services
  • For essential work
  • For one hour of exercise within a radius of 5km
  • Provide care to people unable to support themselves.

The four new cases are all linked to a worker at a large gold mine in central Australia who tested positive for COVID-19 late Friday evening.

Two of the new cases are at the Granites mine site in the Tanami Desert, one has since traveled to New South Wales and is being handled by that state’s health authorities, and the other has flown from the mine at Palmerston on Friday.

The three positive cases still in the Northern Territory were all taken to the Howard Springs quarantine facility.

“The Northern Territory now faces its greatest threat since the start of the COVID crisis,” Gunner said.

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