/ 05 November 2021

A COVID first for the Top End


It yesterday recorded its first case of community transmission since the start of the pandemic. An unvaccinated man (who’s a contract worker at RAAF Base Tindal) has tested positive for COVID after spending time in the community in Katherine and the Greater Darwin area. In response, the NT Government has put Katherine residents into a lockdown, and residents of Greater Darwin will be in a ‘lockout’ for the next 72 hours. That means fully vaccinated people need to wear a mask when outdoors, otherwise it’s as you were. Unvaccinated residents don’t get the same deal – they go into lockdown. That was announced by Chief Minister Michael Gunner at 10pm local time last night, and he says they need to track down where the man picked up the virus because he hasn’t travelled outside the area for some time. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been concerns about an outbreak in the Top End because of its high Indigenous population. Almost 65% of its eligible population is fully vaccinated compared to the national rate of 79%. 

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