NT towns in lockdown as Covid reaches remote Indigenous community | Northern Territory


The Northern Territory is dealing with a “very serious escalation” in its Covid-19 outbreak, after 9 new circumstances have been recorded in a single day.

All of the brand new circumstances are First Nations folks, bringing the whole to 11.

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy says her sister is the supply of the outbreak in Robinson River, together with a 43-year-old vaccinated Aboriginal man, who additionally examined optimistic on Monday.

“I’d like to say a personal message and that is that to my sister, who is the source of the Covid infection in Robinson River, our thoughts and prayers are with her and our family,” McCarthy advised reporters on Tuesday.

“I’d like to say to families in Robinson River and Borroloola to get yourselves tested with the teams that are out there, and to make sure that you look out for one another.”

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner introduced the extension of the lockdown order for Katherine to Monday, and launched a masks mandate throughout the Territory till Monday.

“This is obviously a serious escalation in the Covid-19 situation in the Northern Territory. A major contact tracing effort has been under way since the first case we reported yesterday.”

“I need all symptomatic Territorians to get tested. We want to see a testing response across the territory,” Gunner stated.

Gunner listed Katherine Hospital and MacFarlane Primary School as venues of concern, urging anybody who’s visited the 2 websites not too long ago to get examined.

The new circumstances embody a 71-year outdated man, a 16 year-old lady, five-year-old twin ladies and a 65-year-old lady, who has been admitted to Royal Darwin Hospital. Four ladies, aged 62, 40, 38 and 22 have all examined optimistic.

Deputy Chief Health Officer, Dr Charles Pain stated everybody had been compliant with contact tracing, which have been in a “desperate” race to get forward of the outbreak.

“We’re in a desperate race to track this down. We are now in a clearly very serious situation.”

“We can see how fast it can spread. We don’t know how far it is spread. We really need our community, please, to come forward and get tested at this stage.”

Health officers consider the 43-year-old man who examined optimistic together with McCarthy’s sister, may have been infectious since 10 November.

Gunner stated the remote community lockdown was probably the most critical Covid replace he needed to give because the starting of the pandemic.

“It is not a scenario we wanted, but we knew this day would come,” Gunner advised reporters on Monday.

“But we are ready for this.”

People dwelling in affected areas will solely be capable of go away their properties for the 5 permitted causes and have been urged to ship one individual to the grocery store at a time.

Alongside the lockdown, well being officers have already been deployed to affected areas for a testing and vaccine blitz.

They are additionally working across the clock to arrange a listing of publicity websites.

Gunner stated officers have been but to discover a clear hyperlink between Monday’s circumstances and former circumstances linked to the current Darwin/Katherine cluster.

“We have always been concerned for our remote communities, because of their mobility and vulnerability, especially since Delta has emerged,” he stated.

“This is not a white fella disease, Covid doesn’t discriminate. Get the jab.”

Roughly 350 folks reside on the Robinson River community, with 77% of these dwelling there absolutely vaccinated whereas 87% have obtained their first dose.

Health groups are additionally being despatched to close by remote communities.

The powerful restrictions come after Darwin and Katherine have been plunged into brief lockdowns earlier this month.

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