Delta fears in the Top End
The Northern Territory is on high alert after it recorded 9 new local COVID cases yesterday, all Indigenous Aussies. A 3-day lockdown was imposed on the Katherine and Robinson River region on Monday after 2 cases emerged, one of which is believed to be the first COVID case recorded in the territory’s remote communities. But after the “serious escalation” in case numbers yesterday, Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the lockdown would be extended until 6pm next Monday, and a mask mandate for all of the Territory has also been introduced. One 65yo woman has been admitted to Royal Darwin Hospital, and the other 10 cases have been transferred to the Howard Springs quarantine facility. The new cases announced yesterday are all household contacts of the original cases, and advocates have pointed to overcrowded housing in the Territory as a significant risk to local Indigenous people.
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