NT records another COVID-19 case in returned traveller at quarantine centre

by | Nov 9, 2020 | COVID-19 | 0 comments

A 29-year-old male who flew to Darwin onboard a repatriation flight on Sunday has tested positive for coronavirus, NT health authorities have confirmed.

In a brief statement, officials said the man tested positive at the Howard Springs quarantine facility.

“The man is well and asymptomatic and remains under the care of the AUSMAT team at the Centre for National Resilience,” the government statement said.

The latest case brings the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the NT to seven since the repatriation flights started flying to Darwin from London and New Delhi, India, and 41 overall.

The man was aboard Qantas flight QF110 with 171 passengers that departed Heathrow, London at 11:24am on Saturday and touched down at Darwin’s RAAF base at 12:38pm on Sunday.

The first of the flights from London left for Darwin on October 22 with 161 Australian repatriates.

Another Qantas flight is expected to depart at 9:05am on Wednesday, November 11 and arrive on Thursday at 11:00am.

According to the Greater London Authority, 109 people were confirmed to have died in London hospitals in the last seven days.

As of November 5, the total number of COVID-19 cases identified in London was 109,138. This compares to a figure of 975,504 cases for England as a whole.

In the most recent week of complete data, from October 26 – November 1, 13,006 cases were identified in London, a rate of 145 cases per 100,000 population.

To date, there are now seven active cases of COVID-19 in the NT. All the patients remain under mandatory quarantine at the Howard Springs facility.

NT Health said all cases have been related to international or interstate travel, with no cases of community transmission. All seven cases remain under mandatory quarantine at the Howard Springs facility.

The Department of Chief Minister had previously said that Australians arriving in Darwin from overseas are a known higher risk group.

“As a result, it is expected that between five and 10 per cent of all passengers could test positive for COVID-19,” the government said in a statement.

Last week, six cases of COVID-19 has been detected from a repatriation flight from New Delhi, India, including an infant under one.

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