Sumary of NT waits for COVID-19 outbreak source test:
- A lockdown in a remote Northern Territory Aboriginal community has been extended as authorities wait for COVID-19 test results that are likely to reveal the source of the latest outbreak.
- “I fear (the virus) will take lives in the territory before the year is out,” Chief Minister Michael Gunner told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.
- Genomic test results due on Thursday are expected to confirm if the current cluster is linked to the NT’s first community transmission earlier in the month.
- She was also unvaccinated and had travelled from Katherine to Robinson River where she was diagnosed with the virus, the first case reported in a remote NT Aboriginal community.
- That was extended to seven days in Katherine on Tuesday, with territory-wide order to wear face masks in most public areas.
- NT Health also extended it to next Monday in Robinson River after the new cases were announced on Wednesday.
- Health Minister Greg Hunt on Wednesday declared Robinson River and surrounding homelands a biosecurity zone under federal law.
- From Friday, anyone entering Indigenous communities across the NT from Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine, or outside the territory, will need to return a negative test 72 hours before doing so.