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Positive COVID-19 case update

14 December 2020

An 88 year old male who arrived on the repatriation flight from India on 28 November 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19. The man is in isolation at the Royal Darwin Hospital as he is being treated for other non-COVID related health issues.

An 18 year old male who arrived on the repatriation flight from London on 1 December 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19 and remains under the care of the AUSMAT team at the NT Centre for National Resilience. The man was travelling alone and returned a positive test on exit screening which is undertaken in the last 72 hours of quarantine. The man is asymptomatic.

Quarantine is maintained for 14 days because it can take up to 14 days for a person to test positive after becoming infected. Therefore some people will not test positive until towards the end of the 14 day cycle.

Since repatriation flights to the Northern Territory began on 23 October 2020:

  • 1331 international arrivals have undertaken quarantine at the Howard Springs Centre for National Resilience
  • A total of 31 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported.

The total number of cases diagnosed in the Northern Territory is 65. All cases have been related to international or interstate travel, with no cases of community transmission.