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Young woman who arrived from Cairns is third positive COVID-19 case in NT

A new case of COVID-19 has been detected in the Northern Territory, the third in the territory’s current cluster.

The new case is a 21-year-old woman who arrived in Darwin from Cairns on October 29.

She had been identified as a close contact of a previous case and tested positive last night, becoming symptomatic today.

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She was not fully vaccinated and had just one dose.

Genomic testing is now being conducted.

Wastewater results in Katherine and Greater Darwin have not yielded any positive COVID-19 results.


“Today is a good day. It’s also a critical day,” NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.

“We have not seen any spread beyond the very close contacts, good news, but there are still too many unknowns.”

Yesterday the Territory recorded its second-highest day on record when it came to vaccinations.

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Katherine is now in a 72-hour snap lockdown.

In greater Darwin, a “lockout” is in effect.

All movement in and out of the capital is not allowed, and unvaccinated residents are subject to lockdown conditions.

Everyone living in either region must wear a mask when leaving the house, regardless of vaccination status.

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