NT COVID-19 update02 March 2022
The Northern Territory is today reporting two deaths of people with COVID-19.
A male in his 30s from Tennant Creek, who had underlying health conditions, passed away at Tennant Creek Hospital.
A female in her 70s from Darwin, who had underlying health conditions, passed away at Royal Darwin Hospital.
There have now been 23 COVID-19 related deaths recorded in the NT since the start of the pandemic. Three further deaths are currently being reviewed by the Office of the Chief Health Officer to determine if they are COVID-related, in line with national criteria.
There were 624 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the NT in the 24 hours to 8pm on 1 March 2022. Of these, 569 were positive cases from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
There were 290 cases recorded in the Top End region, 95 in Central Australia, 26 in East Arnhem, 96 in the Big Rivers region, 33 in the Barkly region and 84 are under investigation.
There are currently 76 patients in hospital, with 14 patients requiring oxygen. There are two patients in ICU.
The number of active cases in the NT is 4,016.
Updated rules for the Territory Check-In App
From today, The Territory Check-In App is only required when visiting venues where proof of vaccination is required (Vaccine Pass) as a condition of entry.
The Vaccine Pass remains in place for the following:
- Pubs, bars, nightclubs, licensed to sell and consume liquor on the premises
- Clubs licensed to sell and consume liquor on the premises
- Dining in Restaurants (not for take away)
- Cinemas, theatre, concert, music or dance hall
- Ticketed events for over 500 people in urban centres and over 100 in non-urban centres.
A patron that cannot produce evidence of their vaccination status will not be able to enter the venue or receive service unless they are collecting takeaway.
The requirement does not impact: take away food or beverages; food court, food truck, market stall or casual dining café that operates without a liquor licence.
The Territory Check In-App infrastructure will remain in place and alerts will still be issued to notify people that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Indoor mask mandate
The Territory-wide indoor mask mandate will be lifted at 12:01am on Monday 7 March 2022 in the Top End, Central Australia, East Arnhem and the Barkly regions. Case numbers will continue to be monitored in the Big Rivers region and further information on the mask mandate will be provided later this week.
Masks will still be required in high-risk settings, including hospitals, GP clinics, aged care facilities, disability facilities and corrections facilities. Masks must also be worn in airports and on flights, in line with federal requirements.
It is strongly recommended that all people aged 12 years and over continue to wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be applied, but it will no longer be compulsory.
It’s important everyone aged 16 years and over has their booster dose. Three doses of the vaccine significantly reduces your risk of getting really sick from COVID-19 and will help to protect you against any future strains of the virus.
You can have your booster, three months after your second dose. If you have had COVID-19, you can get vaccinated as soon as you have recovered.
Protect your children against COVID-19 by getting them vaccinated. All children aged five years and over should get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The COVID-19 vaccine is available at NT Health Vaccination Centres, participating GP clinics, respiratory clinics and Aboriginal health clinics.
Everyone should get tested for COVID-19 if showing symptoms. A number of NT Rapid Antigen Testing and Distribution Points have been established.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in our communities, it is important for everyone to follow all health directions:
- 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.
View information on COVID-19 symptoms and testing.