NT COVID-19 update Thursday 29 October 2020

Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

The Northern Territory has recorded four new COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours since 11am yesterday. All cases are linked to the repatriated Australians who are under mandatory quarantine at the Centre for National Resilience in Howard Springs.

The four new cases are all passengers that arrived on the flight from Delhi on Tuesday and include a:

· 31 year-old male

· 3 year-old child

· 3 year-old child

· 82 year-old female

All patients are well and remain at the Centre for National Resilience Howard Springs under the medical care of AUSMAT. The total number of active cases in the Northern Territory is now five.

The group of Australians arriving in Darwin from overseas are a known higher risk group. As a result, it is expected that between five and 10 per cent of all passengers could test positive for COVID-19.

The repatriation of Australians to the Northern Territory to undertake quarantine at the Howard Springs Facility provides a safe and managed way to bring them home while protecting the health of all Australians.

All international arrivals are in quarantine where strict infection control measures are being applied and any active cases of COVID-10 can be managed.

The total number of cases recorded in the Northern Territory is 39. All cases have been related to international or interstate travel, with no cases of community transmission.

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