There were 418 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the Northern Territory in the 24 hours to 8pm on 18 January 2022. Of these, 355 were positive cases from a Rapid Antigen Test.
This takes the number of active cases in the NT to about 4,060.
New cases recorded include:
- Seven cases in Galiwinku
- Three cases from Yirrkala, of which two people were in Nhulunbuy
- Three cases in Umbakumba, of which the source of infection is unknown
- Four cases in Bulla
- Two cases in Lajamanu
- 14 cases in Yuendumu
- Seven cases in Yuelamu
- 15 cases in town camps surrounding Alice Springs
- Three cases from the Old Timers Aged Care Service in Alice Springs
- Five cases in Utopia
- 10 cases at the outstations surrounding Ntaria
- Two cases in Santa Teresa
There are currently 48 patients in hospital, with seven patients requiring oxygen. There are no patients in ICU.
1,647 COVID-19 PCR tests were processed across the NT yesterday.
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:
- The Territory Vaccine Pass requires all people in the Northern Territory to show proof of their vaccination status to attend a range of businesses, venues, places and events
- A Territory-wide indoor mask mandate
- A lockout in Alice Springs, Yuendumu, Yuelamu and Amoonguna until 23 January
- A lockdown in Yirrkala until 20 January and in Galiwin’ku until 24 January
Residents of Umbakumba are asked to remain COVID-safe after three cases of COVID-19 were recorded where the source of infection is unknown. All people in Umbakumba should get tested for COVID-19 if they have any symptoms, and practice COVID-19 safe behaviours including hand washing, wearing a mask and maintaining a physical distance of 1.5 metres.
Everyone should get tested for COVID-19 if showing symptoms. A number of NT Rapid Antigen Testing and Distribution Points have been established. Individuals can collect RATs for free from NT distribution centres located in Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in our communities, it is important for everyone to follow all the health directions:
- Book your COVID-19 vaccine
- Check in using The Territory Check In App every time, everywhere
- If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19
- Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly
- Do not go to work if you feel sick
- Maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres where possible.