NT COVID-19 update18 March 2022
There were 258 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the NT in the 24 hours to 8pm on 17 March 2022. Of these, 224 were positive cases from a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
There were 179 cases recorded in the Top End region, 21 in Central Australia, five in East Arnhem, 22 in the Big Rivers region, five in the Barkly region and 26 are under investigation.
There are currently 21 patients in hospital, with five patients requiring oxygen. There is one patient in ICU.
The number of active cases in the NT is 1,527.
Public health measures
To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and reduce the rate of transmission, the following public health measures are in place across the NT:
- Masks must be worn in high-risk settings including hospitals, GP clinics, remote health clinics, renal facilities, aged care facilities, family violence shelters, sobering up shelters, homeless shelters, corrections facilities and disability facilities. Disability support workers need to wear a mask when undertaking home-services.
- Masks must also be worn in airports and on flights, in line with federal requirements.
- It is highly recommended that all people aged 12 years and over wear a mask when physical distancing cannot be applied
- The Territory Vaccine Pass.
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.