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Western suburbs of NSW revoked as hotspots

01 February 2021

The Chief Health Officer will revoke a number of Local Government Areas across Sydney’s Western Suburbs as hotspots from 10am on 1 February 2021.

The New South Wales Local Government Areas that have been revoked as declared hotspots include:

  • City of Blacktown
  • City of Canada Bay
  • City of Canterbury-Bankstown
  • City of Fairfield
  • City of Parramatta
  • Cumberland Council
  • Inner West Council
  • Municipality of Burwood
  • Municipality of Strathfield.

People arriving in the Northern Territory from the New South Wales Local Government Areas listed will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from these areas will be able to exit.

There has been no COVID-19 cases reported across Sydney’s western suburbs in the past 14 days. Significant testing has been undertaken across Greater Sydney and a number of public health controls remain in place such as limited numbers at events and gatherings and wearing masks when in some public areas. These factors, combined with negative waste water testing results, have worked to prevent any spread of COVID-19 and have reduced the risk to the Northern Territory.

The Chief Health Officer will continue to review and assess the COVID-19 situation across Australia, and will declare a hotspot at any time if required.

All people travelling to the Northern Territory are required to complete an online border entry form upon arrival.

The Chief Health Officer has urged Territorians not to become complacent as the COVID-19 situation can change quickly. Personal behaviour including practising high levels of hygiene and physical distancing remain our best defence against COVID-19.

It is also important the community continues to check-in at businesses and venues across the Northern Territory so NT Health can quickly undertake contact tracing if required.

The Territory Check In App is a contactless, secure and easy way for customers and visitors to sign into businesses and venues and have this data stored directly by NT Health. The Territory Check In App can be downloaded from the Google Play or Apple App stores.

The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated which is why it is important for everyone to follow all health directions.

  • Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m at all times.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Do not travel or go to work if you are sick.
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and get tested for COVID-19.

For more information about hotspots and to stay up to date with the latest information visit www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie

“I am confident in revoking the Local Government Areas across Sydney’s Western Suburbs as hotspots. There have been no COVID-19 cases reported in the past 14 days and a number of public health controls remain in place, reducing the risk to the Northern Territory.”

“I will continue to review and monitor the situation across Australia and if I consider the risk to Territorians to be unacceptable, I will act quickly, as I have done with Western Australia and in other cases to protect the health of our community.

“Personal behaviour remains our best defence against COVID-19 and I would like to thank Territorians for their vigilance in getting tested. We’ve now done more than 100,000 COVID tests in the NT. Every test helps keep our community safe. Thank you for being the best Territorians. Keep it up.”