NT COVID-19 case has 24 close contacts

The Northern Territory has recorded a new COVID-19 case after a man travelled from NSW to Darwin and tested positive.

© Aaron Bunch/AAP PHOTOS The Northern Territory has recorded a new COVID-19 case of a man who travelled from NSW.

Dozens of close contacts have been identified in the community, with Health Minister Natasha Fyles fronting the media to put to bed rumours about a lockdown.

The fully vaccinated 53-year-old man flew to Darwin International Airport from Newcastle via Brisbane on Friday on Jetstar flight JQ674.

“Everyone on that flight would have been wearing masks,” Ms Fyles said on Monday.

“There is very little risk to our community.”

The man tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday and is now at the Centre for National Resilience in Howard Springs, near Darwin.

Contact tracing is underway, with 24 close contacts identified so far.

All have been contacted and ordered to undertake 14 days mandatory quarantine. 

This includes two border entry staff and two Australian Defence Force members, who have also been deemed to be close contacts and ordered into quarantine.


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The remaining 111 people on the flight from Queensland have been identified as casual contacts and ordered to self-isolate and get tested for the virus.

Ms Fyles said the man did not spend time in the community and travelled directly from the airport to Howard Springs.

A 29-year-old woman has also tested positive after arriving in the NT on a repatriation flight from Pakistan on Friday.

The woman is also quarantining at the Centre for National Resilience.

It comes as the NT gears up to roll out the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, with the first supplies set to arrive this week.

More than 73 per cent of Territorians have now received their first COVID-19 jab and 56 per cent are fully vaccinated.

Territorians aged 12 to 15-years-old have been leading the charge, with 20 per cent of the cohort receiving their first dose in recent weeks.

“The Territory Labor Government is embarking on a vaccine blitz over the next six weeks to get us in the best position to achieve 80% full vaccination rates as soon as possible,” Ms Fyles said.

Meanwhile, the NT has announced $5 million in discounts for vaccinated interstate holiday makers from October 1.

Fully vaccinated travellers can save on flights, accommodation, tours, attractions and vehicle hire, with a $200 discount for every $1000 spent.

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