The Northern Territory has registered five new local cases of COVID 19 overnight, Health Secretary Natasha Fyles said.
This brings the total number of cases in connection with the ongoing outbreak to 131.
Ms. Fyles also said the remote NT town of Tennant Creek would move from a lockdown to a lockout immediately.
“We want to move to this lockout because we know the cases in Tennant Creek appear to be household contacts and still want masks. [being] carried in Tennant Creek and for anyone leaving the Tennant Creek region, “she said.
“To be able to leave Tennant Creek, you must be fully vaccinated.”
Five COVID-19 cases not linked to the cluster were also recorded overnight in interstate travelers.
They include a man in his 30s from South Australia, a man in his 40s from Sydney, a man in his 20s from Sydney, a woman in her 20s from Sydney and an 11-year-old boy from Sydney.
The 11-year-old boy is among NT’s first COVID cases to be treated at home.
All five regional cases were in Tennant Creek.
“They are all household contacts for our previous cases,” Ms. Fyles said.
“Everyone isolated at the time of their positive case.”
Ms Fyles said 11 COVID-19 patients received treatment at the hospital, including an unvaccinated woman in her 60s who is in the intensive care unit.
“She’s in the battle of her life and we’ll definitely give her the best clinical treatment,” she said.
Tennant Creek goes into lockout, Ali Curung leaves lockdown
As part of the lockout in Tennant Creek, residents are prohibited from entering remote communities or low-vaccination exclusion zones, Ms. Fyles said.
Fully vaccinated residents wishing to leave Tennant Creek must first return a negative rapid antigen test.
The mesh mandate will remain in place in Tennant Creek until 6 p.m. 17.00 on 29 December.
This applies to people leaving Tennant Creek during the lockout.
There were no new COVID-19 cases recorded in Ali Curung overnight.
As a result, the shutdown in Ali Curung will be lifted immediately, Ms Fyles said.
“The reason for that is our intensive testing in Ali Curung,” she said.
“We have not found any further positive cases and we are quite convinced that there is no Community transmission in Ali Curung.”
She urged residents to be vaccinated and said the mask mandate would remain in Ali Curung until 1 p.m. 17.00 on 29 December.
Alice Springs’ mask mandate is to be lifted tomorrow
The mask mandate, introduced in Alice Springs yesterday, ends as planned at 6 p.m. 17 tomorrow, said Mrs. Fyles.
She said no cases were recorded in Alice Springs overnight, urging residents to continue being tested for the virus.
2,626 COVID-19 tests were performed throughout the NT yesterday, she added.
About 505 close contacts have been identified, of which 467 have been tracked down by authorities and asked to isolate themselves.
Of the 505 close contacts, 389 have so far returned a negative COVID-19 test.
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