The NT Chief Health Officer is closely monitoring the situation in New Zealand after a woman tested positive for a South African COVID-19 variant after leaving hotel quarantine.
New Zealand is on alert and has listed a number of locations of interest across Whangarei and Ruakaka on the North Island near Auckland from 14-22 January 2022, and has expanded testing and contact tracing in the region.
As a precautionary measure, the NT Centre for Disease Control has contacted the 55 people who have arrived in the Northern Territory from New Zealand in the past 14 days.
The Chief Health Officer has also taken the precaution of directing all those people that have visited the locations listed as being of interest in New Zealand to have a COVID-19 test and self-quarantine until a negative test result is returned. It is expected that this Direction will apply to a very small number of people. A full list of New Zealand Locations of Interest can be found on the Ministry of Health website www.health.govt.nz