Greater Darwin lockout to continue for 24 more hours, Katherine lockdown ended

by | Nov 8, 2021 | COVID-19 | 0 comments

The Greater Darwin lockout will continue for at least another 24 hours, Chief Minister Michael Gunner has said, to allow health officials more time to conduct contact tracing after new public exposure sites were announced at Noonamah Tavern and the Humpty Doo Hotel for Melbourne Cup Day affecting hundreds of people.

No new COVID-19 cases were recorded overnight, however Wharf One restaurant has also now been identified as a “close contact” site on November 3 between 6pm and 10pm.

Meanwhile Katherine will be taken out of lockdown as of 5pm, Mr Gunner said, following no new cases and no new public exposure sites.

The source case – a 21-year-old woman from Melbourne who travelled to the NT from Queensland on October 29 – “had a busy few days in Darwin”, Mr Gunner said.

He said 350 people had attended Melbourne Cup Day festivities at Noonamah Tavern, many of whom did not use the check-in app when attending, which will require the extra time for health officials to contact those present.

“We believe there were about 350 people who frequented the hotel during that period but we had just 47 check-ins,” Mr Gunner said.

Anyone who was at the Noonamah Tavern between 2pm and 6pm on November 2, and the Humpty Doo Hotel between 7pm and 8:45pm, will need to self-isolate and contact health authorities to identify themselves.

The full list of all NT public exposure sites can be found on the NT Government’s coronavirus website.

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