Lockdown extended for 72 hours, public exposure sites identified

by | Jun 28, 2021 | COVID-19, News | 0 comments

The greater Darwin lockdown has been extended until Friday at 1pm the government announced, as the Chief Minister finally disclosed COVID-19 public exposure sites around the Top End.

Michael Gunner said one new confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified as a man in his 50s who was a close contact of the original case, who left the mine site on June 25 and was in the Darwin area for 36 hours before being quarantined at Howard Springs.

He was in contact with seven friends at a Rapid Creek residence, who are now in isolation.

The NT Independent understands however, that there are more people connected to the Tanami gold mine site who have returned positive test results while at Howard Springs and it remains unclear where those people may have visited before being tested and quarantined.

Mr Gunner only confirmed the one additional case today, bringing the publicly disclosed total to seven, which includes some who are currently interstate.

“The risk to the community has grown in the past 24 hours,” Mr Gunner told the press conference.

“We are now in an extremely critical period.”

The only identified high-risk site at this time is the Buff Club in Stuart Park, where 150 people have been identified as being at risk.

Anyone who attended the club on Friday, June 25 between 3:30pm and 10pm will need to self-isolate, along with anyone in their home, and will no longer be permitted to leave their home.

Medium-risk sites have also been identified, including the Parap BWS shop on Friday and the Bagot Rd Bunnings on Saturday June 26. Authorities say anyone who attended the sites on those days will also need to isolate and get tested and not leave their homes until a negative result is returned.

They also later added the Corner Store Friendly Grocer (formerly IGA) in Stuart Park to that list, between 3:20pm and 3:30pm on Friday and the Smith St Commonwealth Bank on Saturday between 11:30am and 11:45 am.

The Darwin Airport has been identified as a low-risk site, after a positive case connected to Queensland had arrived on a charter flight on Friday and was in the airport between 1:30pm and 3:30 pm, buying items and eating at the Done café. The airport is considered low risk but anyone developing symptoms should get tested, the government said.

The Marrara netball stadium has re-opened as a drive-through testing facility, Mr Gunner said.

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