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NT COVID-19 update

23 December 2021

The Northern Territory has recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19.

Five cases are from Tennant Creek and are linked to the NT outbreak, bringing the total number of cases to 131.

The remaining cases are all from interstate and are not connected to the NT outbreak. They arrived on flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and are in isolation at home or at the Centre for National Resilience (CNR).

It is important all people in the NT check the COVID-19 website to review the list of NT public exposure sites. The website will list any flights that entered the NT where passengers are considered low risk contacts.

Low risk contacts are asked to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days from the day of travel. If symptoms develop, contacts must self-quarantine at home or a suitable place of accommodation, get tested for COVID-19 and remain in quarantine until a negative result is received.

There are currently 11 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including one in ICU.

Lockout for Tennant Creek

Tennant Creek will transition from a lockdown to a lockout immediately until 5pm on Wednesday, 29 December, 2021.

Under a lockout, fully vaccinated residents are able to live normally within the lockout area. Everyone must wear a mask outside of their place of residence.

People who are fully vaccinated and have returned a negative Rapid Antigen Test are able to exit the lockout area. They must continue to wear a mask and are not permitted to enter an exclusion zone for the next seven days, until 5pm Wednesday, 29 December, 2021. Essential workers may enter an exclusion zone, but must wear a mask and complete a daily Rapid Antigen Test.

Unvaccinated residents, including those people who have received only their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, must stay at home during a lockout period and are only permitted to leave for the following five reasons:

  1. Medical treatment, including COVID testing or vaccination
  2. For essential goods and services, like groceries, power tokens and medications
  3. For work that is considered essential and can't be done at home
  4. For one hour of outdoor  exercise a day within 5 km from your home with one other   person or people  from your house
  5. To provide care and support to a family member or person who cannot support themselves.

Ali Curung to exit lockdown, mask mandate extended for Barkly LGA

Ali Curung will exit lockdown immediately. There are now no restrictions on the reasons to leave home for people who are vaccinated and unvaccinated.

The mask mandate for the Barkly Local Government Area, including Ali Curung, has been extended until 5pm on Wednesday, 29 December 2021.

A mask mandate for inside public places and venues is in place for the Municipality of Alice Springs and the Amoonguna community until 5pm on Friday, 24 December 2021.

COVID-19 testing

More than 2,600 COVID-19 tests were processed across the NT yesterday.

COVID-19 testing sites are open in Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy and Darwin. Testing is also available at NT Health clinics in remote communities.

To arrange a COVID-19 test please book online or contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484.

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.