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COVID-19 Update: WA Hotspots Revoked

27 April 2021

The Chief Health Officer has revoked Metropolitan Perth and the Peel Region in Western Australia as hotspots for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory.

People arriving into the Northern Territory from Metropolitan Perth and the Peel Region will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine in the NT. Anyone currently in mandatory supervised quarantine from Metropolitan Perth and the Peel Region will be able to exit.

Further to this, two Chief Health Officer testing directions have been updated and must be followed:

  • Anyone who arrived in the Northern Territory between from 17 April 2021 and visited any of the higher risk public exposure sites identified by Western Australian health authorities, must undertake 14 days of self-isolation at a suitable place for quarantine, as directed by an authorised officer, and be tested on Days 1, 7 and 12 after entering quarantine.
  • Anyone who arrived into the Northern Territory from 17 April 2021 and visited any of the exposure sites on the specified dates and times as identified by the Western Australian health authorities, must self-quarantine, book a test, and remain in quarantine until a negative test is returned.

A list of Western Australia COVID-19 public exposure sites can be found at https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/Locations-visited-by-confirmed-cases

To arrange a test, please contact the COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 490 484 or book online at https://covid19appointment.nt.gov.au/vaccinate#/appointment

You do not need to have a COVID-19 test if you only transited to the airport unless you were at the airport during the specified date and time as identified by the Western Australian authorities.

The Chief Health Officer will continue to review and assess the COVID-19 situation in Western Australia and will take into account COVID-19 monitoring and data collection, the extent of community transmission and risks to the NT community.

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

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

Quotes attributable to Chief Health Officer Dr Charles Pain:

“I am able to safely revoke the WA hotspot direction today following further clinical advice from my Western Australian counterpart.

“Western Australia’s swift public health controls, coupled with extensive contact tracing means we are able make this decision this afternoon. The evidence indicates that the spread of COVID-19 has been well-managed.

“It is pleasing to see that those people in the NT were impacted by the hotspot declaration and testing directions over the long weekend have shown extremely high-levels of compliance and acceptance of our directions. I thank everyone who reached out to our health authorities via the COVID-19 Hotline or booked a test through the online booking form for keeping our community safe.