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