Six additional positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the NT in the past 24 hours, all of which are connected to the repatriation flights from New Delhi, India, the government said.
NT Health said five of the new cases arrived in Darwin on November 28. They are two men aged in their 40s, a woman in her 30s, and two women in their 50s.
Another man aged in his 30s arrived earlier on November 24.
Authorities did not say if these patients contacted COVID-19 at the quarantine facility or why the positive tests came so long after the flights.
NT Health said all people remain under the care of the AUSMAT team at the international section of the Howard Springs quarantine facility. While they did not provide a total number of active cases in a media statement, it’s understood there are 13 active cases.
India’s Health Ministry’s Thursday data showed that the daily rise in coronavirus infections stayed below 40,000 for a fourth straight day, as 35,551 new cases took the tally to 9.53 million. But its tally remains the world’s second highest after the United States at 13.7 million.
Health officials previously said all passengers had been screened ahead of the flight to Darwin, however medical experts in India had said 60 per cent of rapid tests in that country were less accurate than longer tests that could take hours.
A total of 26 COVID-19 cases have been detected in the NT since the repatriation flights started. Since October 23, 1,331 international arrivals have undertaken quarantine at the Howard Springs quarantine facility.
The newest infections brings the total number of cases diagnosed in the Northern Territory to 60 since the pandemic started.
“All cases have been related to international or interstate travel, with no cases of community transmission,” NT Health said in a statement.