Earlier today a mine worker, who arrived from Brisbane into the NT on 18 June 2021, tested positive for COVID-19.
The man travelled by charter plane to the Newmont Corporation gold mine in the Tanami Desert, where he works, on Friday 18 June 2021. It is believed he became infected during an overnight stay at a Brisbane quarantine hotel.
The NT Government is working around the clock to undertake contact tracing on the 900 people known to have left the mine for Darwin, Alice Springs, Brisbane and Perth since June 18.
Of those 900 people– 244 are in the Territory. This includes 33 people who arrived in Alice Springs and 211 who arrived in Darwin.
Of these 244 people- 20 are considered to be close contacts and they have all been contacted and are now in secure quarantine. One person is undertaking their quarantine in the Todd Facility in Alice Springs, while another 19 people have been transferred into the Centre for National Resilience.
Contact has been made with the remaining people, and NT Health staff and Police are following up by phone and personal visits. Contact has also been made with people interstate who have been identified as close contacts .
Additional resources have been directed to the contact tracing effort to make sure we get every single person in quarantine.