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New Covid-19 exposure sites in Darwin

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Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced the new exposure sites, including one Close Contact site, in a Facebook post late Monday night.Anyone who attended the Bamboo Lounge Restaurant in Stuart Park on December 21 from 7.20-9.20pm is considered a close contact and must:Immediately travel by private transport directly to your home or suitable accommodation and self-quarantine.Call the Covid-19 hotline on 1800 490 484 and identify yourself as a close contact. Visit https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au for more information.There have also been new Low Risk Contact sites identified. Anyone who visited a Low Risk Contact site at the relevant dates and times must do the following:Monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 daysIf you experience any symptoms: self-quarantine at your home or suitable place of accommodation get tested for Covid-19 and self-quarantine at home until you return a negative result.Covid-19 public exposure sites in the Northern TerritoryOpposition Health spokesman Bill Yan said it was concerning the government was not holding daily health briefings, given the increase in cases, travel changes, and testing delays.“I think everyone deserves a bit of a break from Covid over Christmas, but sadly Covid is here,” Mr Yan said.“People are worried about it and they want to know what’s going on so they can make their plans and keep themselves and their families safe.”Mr Yan said Alice Springs residents were waiting more than 80 hours to get resultsback, while Barkly residents had reported a five-day delay.Mr Yan called the government’s pandemic planning “a dog’s breakfast”.“We’ve been speaking about this for months and months, is the hospital ready to deal with a Covid outbreak, particularly now that we have health staff infected,” he said.Mr Yan said it was unknown how many health workers were taken off roster after a doctor tested positive. UPDATE MON 4PM: HEALTH authorities are racing to determine how a Darwin woman came into contact with Covid. NT Health have identified the latest mystery case of Covid as a woman in her 60s from Darwin. A health spokeswoman said contact tracers were interviewing the woman to determine the source of her infection and pinpoint any close contacts or exposure sites. The government’s coronavirus website has not identified any new exposure sites since December 18, despite 53 confirmed cases since Friday, Christmas Eve. Five flights are being tracked with passengers identified as low risk contacts after flying with a Covid-positive case. The flights include: December 22: Flight QF840, Qantas Sydney to DarwinDecember 22: Flight JQ693, Jetstar Adelaide to DarwinDecember 21: Flight JQ672, Jetstar Sydney to DarwinDecember 21: Flight QF840, Qantas Sydney to DarwinDecember 20: Flight QF1, Qantas Sydney to DarwinUPDATE MON 2.30PM: TWELVE new cases of Covid-19 were recorded overnight, including one in Darwin with the source of infection under investigation. Two cases are linked to the NT outbreak, bringing the total case count for the cluster to 146. The cases are household contacts of previous Tennant Creek cases and are in quarantine. The other 10 cases are: Aclose contact of the workers from Yulara. They were not infectious in the community and are in Howard Springs. Five cases are interstate travellers, either isolated at home or in Howard Springs.Three cases are close contacts of interstate arrivals.One case in Darwin, with the source of infection under investigation. There are 15 people with Covid in hospital, including one in ICU. UPDATE: AUTHORITIES are on high alert over positive wastewater readings in the Nhulunbuy community as the Territory recorded 12 new Covid-19 cases, including four linked to the current outbreak. Two of the new cases linked to the cluster are household contacts of cases in the Tennant Creek area. They were not infectious while in the community. The other two cases were detected in Katherine and are likely linked to previous cases in the area.Separately, two new cases were locally acquired in household contacts of a traveller from interstate, and a further six cases were recorded in interstate arrivals. There is now a total of 144 cases linked to the ongoing outbreak.It comes as Sydney’s St Vincent Hospital revealed its pathology service wrongly messaged 400 people telling them they had tested negative to Covid-19 when they had in fact tested positive. Two flights from Sydney, one Qantas and one Jetstar, landed in Darwin on Saturday night.In a statement, Chief Minister Michael Gunner’s office said there were currently 18 patients in hospital with the virus, including one in ICU. “The majority of admissions are for the purposes of infection control and assessment,” the statement read.“1,499 Covid-19 tests were processed across the NT (on Saturday).”Tennant Creek remains in a lockout after transitioning from a lockdown on Wednesday evening.A mask mandate is in place for the Barkly local government area and Ali Curung and surrounding homelands until 5pm Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Meanwhile, bookings are now online for children aged 5-11 to get vaccinated in the Territory.The paediatric Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine will be available for children in the Northern Territory from Monday January 10, 2022.“Territorians have overwhelmingly rolled up their sleeves to get vaccinated and now is the opportunity for parents to get their kids vaccinated to ensure they have the best possible protection,” Health Minister Natasha Fyles said. To be fully vaccinated, children aged 5-11 years will receive two doses, eight weeks apart. The dose is one third of the amount compared to the vaccine for people aged 12 and over. All Territorians, including children, can get the vaccine at NT Health vaccination centres, participating GP clinics, respiratory clinics, pharmacies and Aboriginal health clinics. Parents and legal guardians will be required to consent to their child being vaccinated.EARLIER: A HEALTH worker has tested positive for Covid-19 as the Territory’s cluster grows by a further 19 patients. The NT Government has confirmed a staff member from the Royal Darwin Hospital has tested positive. The health worker who was in the community during their infectious period.A Covid-19 Hospital Outbreak Plan was immediately activated and close contacts have been notified and are isolating. The staff member is triple vaccinated, asymptomatic and followed all appropriate mask protocols.It comes as 19 new cases were detected, including eight connected to the Tennant Creek cluster. This brings the total active number of cases to 121.Interstate arrivals made up ten new positive cases. All were in isolation at home or at the Centre for National Resilience.The 19th case is in a household contact of a recent arrival from South Australia. The household contact is in quarantine.There are currently 19 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including one in intensive case unit. On Thursday, Health Minister Natasha Fyles said an unvaccinated woman in her 60s was in the “fight of her life” after suffering from severe symptoms of Covid-19.There are eight cases that are currently being assessed at the Tennant Creek Hospital.The NT Government advised residents to check for any new public exposure sites. It comes as 1903 Covid tests were processed across the Territory on Christmas Eve.Children will soon be able to roll up their sleeves to get their Covid vaccine, with paediatric Pfizer bookings to open on Sunday. Ms Fyles said children aged five to 11 would be able to get their first dose from Monday January 10. The children’s dose is a third of the amount given to those aged 12 and over. To be fully vaccinated, children aged five to 11 years will receive two doses, eight weeks apart.““The Northern Territory was the first to roll out the vaccine to kids aged 12 and above and now we are broadening the rollout to everyone aged five and above,” Ms Fyles said. “The vaccine is safe, free, effective and the best public health measure to protect Territorians.”Parents and legal guardians will be required to consent to their child being vaccinated.



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