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Greater Adelaide revoked as a hotspot

20 November 2020

This means that people arriving from Saturday 21 November 2020 to the Northern Territory from anywhere in South Australia will no longer have to undertake mandatory supervised quarantine. Anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from South Australia, or those undertaking alternative quarantine arrangements at home, will be able to exit.

The Chief Health Officer has been monitoring the situation in South Australia closely, taking into account the monitoring and data collection of COVID-19, extent of community transmission and risks to the NT community.

The decision to revoke Greater Adelaide as a hotspot is based on information from South Australia and a thorough risk assessment which shows minimal risk to the Northern Territory.

The Chief Health Officers is asking anyone travelling from South Australia to the Northern Territory to get tested before they arrive and to stay home and not travel if they are sick.

It is also recommended that those people who have arrived in the Northern Territory in the past 14 days get tested if you have any symptoms.

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 1.5m at all times.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Put your tissue in the bin straight away.
  • Do not go to work if you feel sick.
  • If you have symptoms, stay away from others and call a doctor or the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002

Quotes attributable to Chief Health Officer Dr Hugh Heggie

“I am confident in revoking Greater Adelaide as a hotspot from tomorrow. Upon review of the data and a detailed risk assessment, I am assured there is minimal risk to the Northern Territory.

“Revoking Greater Adelaide as a hotspot is in line with the actions currently being taken in South Australia to ease some restrictions immediately and lift further restrictions by tomorrow night.

“The decision to go hard and wide early and declare all of South Australia a hotspot was the right one to make to protect the health of Territorians.

“We have put the right mechanisms in place to protect the health and safety of Territorians and to act swiftly should the need occur. Our system is working with no community transmission of COVID-19.

“I would like to remind all Territorians not to become complacent and to get tested if you have any symptoms and to practise high levels of personal hygiene. Human behaviour is our best defence against COVID-19.”