The Chief Health Officer has declared the Waverley Council and Woollahra Council Local Government Areas in New South Wales to be COVID-19 hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory effective at 5pm on 22 June 2021.
These hotspot declarations are required to respond to the growing COVID-19 outbreak surrounding Bondi Junction in New South Wales and the increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases which totals 21 today. There are also two mystery cases and further positive COVID-19 cases are expected to be reported on tomorrow.
NT Chief Health Officer Directions in regards to the COVID-19 outbreak in New South Wales require:
Anyone who arrives in the Northern Territory from 5pm on 22 June 2021 onwards must:
· Undertake 14 days of mandatory, supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities if they have been to a NSW COVID-19 hotspot which currently includes the Waverley Council and the Woollahra Council Local Government Areas.
· Undertake 14 days of mandatory supervised quarantine at the at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities if they are defined as a ‘close contact’ by NSW Health.
Any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory between 11 June and 5pm on 22 June 2021 must:
· Immediately get tested and undertake 14 days of quarantine in their home or at a suitable place if they are defined by NSW Health as a ‘close contact’. They must remain in quarantine (unless to get tested) until noon of the 14th day after they were in a NSW COVID-19 case location, regardless of whether they return a negative COVID-19 test.
Any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory from 11 June 2021 and until otherwise directed must:
· Self-isolate, get tested and remain in self-quarantine until a negative result is returned if they are defined by NSW Health as a ‘casual contact’.
· Monitor for symptoms, and if any symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate, get tested and remain in self-quarantine until a negative result is returned.
· Check the NSW Health COVID-19 case locations website at least once per day to make sure all directions are being followed as public exposure sites are constantly changing and regularly updated.
New South Wales public exposure sites can be found at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#search-suburbs
Testing and quarantine directions remain in place for Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory.
A list of public exposure sites can be found at:
· Queensland: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/
· Australian Capital Territory: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel
To arrange a COVID-19 test, please book online at coronavirus.nt.gov.au or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.
The Chief Health Officer will continue to review and assess the COVID-19 situation across Australia, and will take into account COVID-19 monitoring and data collection, the extent of community transmission and risks to the NT community.
Quotes attributable to Chief Health Officer, Dr Hugh Heggie
“I am declaring the Waverley Council and the Woollahra Council Local Government Areas in New South Wales to be COVID-19 hotspots due to the escalating number of cases associated with the Bondi Junction outbreak.
“We now have two mystery cases, with one connected to a primary school. As these cases have not yet been linked to the outbreak, there is the potential for significant spread.
“These COVID-19 cases are also of the Delta variant which has demonstrated its high levels of transmissibility through casual contact.
“We have also updated our testing and quarantine directions for New South Wales to make sure we capture any public exposure sites outside of the declared hotspot areas and to add an extra layer of protection.
“The actions New South Wales health authorities take in the coming days will be critical in determining the breadth of this outbreak. We will be watching closely and will review our health directions as required.
“With the school holidays fast approaching, I remind Territorians of the risk associated with interstate travel and ask you to keep up to date with the latest information and review your holiday plans accordingly.”