20222-05-22 NT Covid update

There were 183 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the NT in the 24 hours to 8pm on 21 May 2022. Of these, 159 were positive cases from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). There were 104 cases recorded in the Top End region, 25 in Central Australia, three in East Arnhem, 15 in the Big Rivers region, three in the Barkly region and 33 are under investigation.

There are currently 17 patients in hospital. There are five patients requiring oxygen and two patients in ICU. The number of active cases in the NT is 1,860.

Public health measures

To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and reduce the rate of transmission, the following public health measures are in place across the NT:

  • Masks must be worn in high-risk settings including hospitals, GP clinics, remote health clinics, renal facilities, aged care facilities, family violence shelters, sobering up shelters, homeless shelters, corrections facilities and disability facilities. Disability support workers need to wear a mask when undertaking home-services.
  • Masks must also be worn in airports and on flights, in line with federal requirements.
  • It is highly recommended that all people aged 12 years and over wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be applied.

COVID-19 vaccination

It’s important all Territorians aged five years and over stay up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 significantly reduces the risk of serious illness and hospitalisation.

The COVID-19 vaccine is available in the NT at participating GP clinics, pharmacies, respiratory clinics, Aboriginal health clinics and NT Health Vaccination Centres.

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