No quarantine for Sydneysiders coming to NT despite COVID-19 cases

by | Oct 8, 2020 | COVID-19 | 2 comments

NT deputy chief health officer Dr Charles Pain has said Sydneysiders will be free to come to the Territory without quarantine from tomorrow despite new COVID-19 cases in the city.

This is despite the Queensland Government on Wednesday giving the NSW Government 48 hours to find out where the three new cases announced in Sydney yesterday originated from or risk having the November 1 date for opening of the border between the two states pushed back.

Dr Pain gave a press conference Thursday afternoon to explain the government’s position and said the cases in Sydney did not fit the NT’s hotspot definition.

Since July 17, people who have spent time in Greater Sydney were forced into 14 days quarantine at their own expense when they came to the Territory.

That requirement ends at midnight and anyone currently in mandatory quarantine from Greater Sydney will be able to leave.

“The New South Wales chief health officer briefed the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee today in detail on the current cases in Greater Sydney, and has demonstrated that they are connected and that there are no unexplained COVID-19 cases at this stage,” Dr Pain was later quoted saying in a statment.

“I am also confident in the thorough testing and contact tracing response in NSW, and that this outbreak is contained. With this advice presented to the AHPPC, and our own review of the evidence, I remain confident about revoking Greater Sydney as a hot spot from tomorrow.”

NSW health authorities announced five new locally acquired COVID-19 cases today, according to an ABC report, taking it to eight infections in the 24 hours to 8.00pm yesterday.

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said the cases were in two different clusters.

NT Government COVID-19 warnings

The risk of COVID-19 in our communities cannot be eliminated which is why it is important for everyone, particularly those people travelling from interstate, to follow all health regulations.

·        If you have COVID-19 symptoms, do not travel. Make sure you get tested and stay at home.

·        Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m at all times.

·        Wash your hands with soap and water and use hand sanitiser regularly.

·        Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Put your tissue in the bin straight away.

·        Do not go to work if you feel sick.

·        If you have symptoms, stay away from others and call a doctor or the NT COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 008 002

For more information about hot spots and to stay up to date with the latest information visit www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au

 

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