NT COVID-19 Update: Metropolitan Perth and Peel Region Hotspots Declared

The Chief Health Officer has declared Metropolitan Perth and the Peel Region of Western Australia as COVID-19 hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory from 12:01am on 24 April 2021.

Additionally, the Chief Health Officer has also declared that anyone who has arrived into the Northern Territory between 17 April 2021 and 12:01am tonight, 24 April 2021, and visited any of the exposure sites on the specified dates and times as identified by the Western Australian authorities here, must self-quarantine, book a test, and remain in quarantine until a negative test is returned.

These directions follow on from a number of cases linked to a hotel quarantine facility in Perth which have led to a three-day lock-down for Metropolitan Perth and the Peel Region, effective from midnight tonight.

Health Authorities in WA have also implemented a number of public health controls to prevent the spread of COVID-19 effective from 6.00pm today.

Western Australia has recorded two cases of COVID-19 from guests undertaking hotel quarantine, and a further two community cases linked to the hotel quarantine program, one of which spent up to five days in the Peel and Perth areas while potentially infectious.

WA Health authorities confirmed late on Wednesday the virus was transmitted between guests in hotel quarantine in Perth, who were staying on the same floor, and recorded the same virus sequence despite arriving from different countries on different dates.

Anyone travelling to the Northern Territory from a COVID-19 Hotspot which currently includes Metropolitan Perth and the Peel Region of Western Australia from 12:00am on 24 April 2021 onward must undertake 14 days of mandatory, supervised quarantine at the Alice Springs or Howard Springs quarantine facilities at a cost of $2,500 per person. Quarantine will be undertaken at the first urban centre you arrive at, including for transit.

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