Northern Territory introduces mask mandate after setting new daily record for COVID-19 cases

That Northern Territory will introduce an indoor mask mandate for the entire territory as COVID-19 cases rise to a new daily record.

The area registered 60 new COVD-19 cases today. Of these new cases, 16 were in interstate arrivals, 18 were close contacts of previous cases, 11 infections were the result of community transfer, and 15 cases are still under investigation.

Currently, 24 people with the virus are in the hospital. No one is in the intensive care unit.

Most cases are in Darwin, with four in Tennant Creek and one being in Katherine.

A mask mandate takes effect across the Northern Territory at 6 p.m. tonight.
Michael Gunner announced that a mask mandate will take effect in the Northern Territory at 18.00 tonight. (9 news)

The new infections come after the territory yesterday registered 37 COVID-19 cases.

NT Prime Minister Michael Gunner confirmed that an indoor mask mandate will be introduced “to minimize potential spread of the virus” from noon. 18 tonight.

“I know the timing of the mandate is not ideal, but the fact is that tonight will be a special one where people gather in large numbers,” Mr Gunner said.

“Unfortunately, it is therefore important that we have to act now.

“You can still go out, we want you to have as much fun as you can, but we need you to do this as safely as possible.

That’s why you should check in and wear a mask at all times when you are indoors, except when eating, drinking or more than 1.5 meters away from everyone else.

“If you do New Year right, you will be closer than 1.5 meters, then mask yourself.”

Aerial photos of Darwin city
Free masks will be handed out at Darwin’s waterfront ahead of New Year’s Eve. (Getty Images / iStockphoto)

Sir. Gunner went on to say “This New Year I want your only regret to be hangovers – not COVID.”

He said all cases of Community transfer are being treated as if it were the Omicron variant.

There is no end date for the mask mandate in sight.

Instead, the authorities will closely monitor the spread of society.

“Over the last 72 hours, there has been a growing trend in community transfer,” said Mr. Gunner.

“We had one case of community transfer on Wednesday, four cases yesterday with at least 11 cases of community transfer today.”

An exhibit sign advises the public on the requirements for face masks.
The Mask Mandate enters into force as COVID-19 cases increase in the territory. (Getty)

Sir. Gunner said there will be a long list of exposure sites updated throughout the day.

An exhibit sign advises the public on the requirements for face masks.

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