Darwin’s Covid lockdown extended until Friday

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Darwin’s instant lockdown extended until Friday as chief minister announces growing list of exhibition venues and hundreds of close contacts forced into solitary confinement

  • Lockdown in Darwin was extended until Friday after more exhibition sites emerged
  • Darwin, Litchfield and Palmerston councils plunged into lockdown at 1 p.m. Sunday
  • NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the lockdown was key to limiting the spread
  • There is a new confirmed case of Covid-19 in the Top End, a man in his 50s

Darwin’s instant lockdown was extended until Friday, as miners infected with the Indian Delta variant put hundreds of people at risk of coronavirus.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner plunged Darwin, Litchfield and Palmerston into a 48-hour “breaker” lockout from 1 p.m. Sunday.

However, after a new case was detected on Monday, including four on Sundays infected by the original patient, Mr Gunner extended it for an additional 72 hours.

The new case, a man in his 50s, arrived in Darwin from the Granites gold mine in the Tanami Desert, where workers were infected, on June 25.

The City of Darwin, City of Palmerston, Litchfield, Wagait Shire and Belyuen Shire and Darwin Waterfront will all remain stranded until 1 p.m. Friday (photo of woman taking a Covid test in Darwin)

He spent 36 hours in Darwin before testing positive and transferred to Howard Springs Quarantine Center.

Seven friends in a house in Rapid Creek are close contacts are also isolated.

The Buff Club at Stuart Park has been identified as a high-risk exhibition site, anyone who attended the venue on Friday, June 25 between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. are asked to self-isolate immediately.

Mr Gunner said more than 150 people could have been on display during the less than three hours he was at the central Darwin pub.

“Right now, we expect there will be up to 150 close contacts on the site. The five reasons for leaving your home are not available to you. You have to stay in your residence for 14 days, ”he said.

Darwin's lockdown against Covid extended until Friday after Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced a growing list of exhibition venues, with hundreds of close contacts forced into isolation

Darwin’s lockdown against Covid extended until Friday after Chief Minister Michael Gunner announced a growing list of exhibition venues, with hundreds of close contacts forced into isolation

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner (right) on a visit to the Howard Springs quarantine facility in Darwin in April

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner (right) on a visit to the Howard Springs quarantine facility in Darwin in April

The BWS bottle store in Parap and a Bunnings in Coconut Grove are both considered casual contact sites, with Darwin International Airport being a low risk site.

The bottle store was on display on June 25 between 4 p.m. and 4:10 p.m. with the man not leaving his car, and the Bunnings store on June 26, between 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

People exposed to these places should get tested and self-isolate until they test negative.

Finally, Darwin Airport was exposed by a female passenger who spent several hours in the terminal after arriving on a charter flight.

Mr Gunner said she had a low viral load and was wearing a mask, along with everyone else present.

The territory's generally busy streets are currently deserted after the lockdown was extended until Friday, July 2

The territory’s generally busy streets are currently deserted after the lockdown was extended until Friday, July 2

“First of all, I thank the Territorians for their extraordinary response. I know the lockdown was a shock, ” Mr Gunner said at Monday’s press conference.

“I know we haven’t given you much notice. There was a good reason given the risk we couldn’t afford to wait hours to act.

“We (all) did an amazing job staying home, hiding, carrying on. Thank you.

“It is absolutely necessary because the reality is that we are not out of the woods yet. Not by far. The risk to the community has increased over the past 24 hours. We are now in an extremely critical period. We have to stay locked up.


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