Four new Territory cases of coronavirus have been recorded, with one person catching it from a family member who had been in self quarantine after coming back from overseas, the Northern Territory Department of Chief Minister has said.
In a statement, the department said that all cases were related to interstate or international travel.
However, a woman in her 20s, identified as the fourth case on Friday, contracted the illness from a close family member previously diagnosed as a Territory COVID-19 case who had returned from overseas.
This means that technically, the NT has its first recorded case of traceable contact.
The government did not make it clear if the recently diagnosed woman had been in self quarantine the entire time the family member had been since returning home.
According to the statement, another case involved a Darwin man, aged in his 40s, who also had allegedly been in self-quarantine after returning home from Africa when he became unwell.
The statement said another man, aged in his 50s, became unwell while in self-quarantine after returning from the United Kingdom.
Another woman, aged in her 50s, who had travelled to South America also became unwell while in self-quarantine, the government said.
“Under national medical guidelines, contact tracing on flights was not required due to the delay between their return to Darwin and becoming unwell,” the statement said, echoing statements made for other recent NT COVID-19 cases this week.
It’s understood the four latest cases are in Royal Darwin Hospital.
The latest cases bring the Territory’s total to twenty-six cases of COVID-19.
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