NT COVID 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 wh travelled from NSW.

Dozens of close contacts have been identified as Health Minister Natasha Fyles prepares to front the media amid fears the city will go into lockdown.

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

He since tested positive for COVID-19, is asymptomatic and is now at the Centre for National Resilience in Howard Springs, near Darwin, NT Health said on Monday.

Contact tracing is underway, with 24 close contacts identified. 

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.

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.

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