There has been one new confirmed COVID-19 case in the Katherine Robinson River outbreak in the last 24 hours the Chief Minister Michael Gunner has said, a teenager in the Binjari community.
Mr Gunner told a press conference this morning the new case was a teenager who had previously been identified as a close contact and had been moved to Howard Springs quarantine where he tested positive.
He said it was unlikely he was infectious while in the community.
Mr Gunner said the teenager took the total cases from the outbreak to 52.
Acting chief health officer Dr Charles Pain said there were two people from the outbreak in hospital, with one person to be discharged today.
On Saturday night, the NT Government announced there were nine new cases in the Binjari community on the edge of Katherine and put it and the nearby Rockhole community in a “hard lockdown”, meaning residents are only able to leave their homes and yards for medical treatment or in an emergency.
On Friday, there were two new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases recorded in the Katherine, taking the Katherine and Robinson River outbreak cluster total to 25.
It was Thursday, when genomic sequencing results confirmed the Katherine Robinson River outbreak and the earlier Great Darwin Katherine outbreak were linked.
It has been traced back to a 21-year-old woman who flew to Darwin from Cairns but had spent time in Melbourne and who allegedly lied on her border entry form.
Her positive COVID-19 result came after a close contact, a 26-year-old man who had spent time in Katherine and Darwin, tested positive on November 4.
His positive results triggered a lockdown in Katherine and a lockout in Darwin, during which three more positive cases emerged.
It was Monday last week, when the NT recorded its first positive case of COVID-19 in a remote community – and the Katherine-Robinson River cluster started – with two positive cases reported – one in a 43-year-old vaccincated man from Katherine, and the other case in a unvaccinated 30-year-old woman who was also in Robinson River, near Borroloola.