There have been three new confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in the Katherine Robinson River outbreak in the last 24 hours the Chief Minister Michael Gunner has said.
Mr Gunner told a press conference this morning the first case was a single-vaccinated man in his 40s who was identified as a close contact to another positive case last Monday, but had tested negative twice last week while in quarantine at Howard Springs.
The second case was an unvaccinated woman in her 20s from the Binjari community who went to Katherine Hospital yesterday after showing symptoms and is now in quarantine, he said.
While, he said, the third case was an infant from Robinson River who tested positive while in quarantine who has been transferred to Royal Darwin Hospital.
Mr Gunner provided more details from a new case from yesterday. He said an vaccinated man in his 60s who works for the Director of Public Prosecutions in Katherine and was in courts had contracted the virus. While they were still investigating, he said the government believed the man was a contact from the Captain Jack’s fish and chip shop exposure site.
The total number of cases from the current cluster is 40.
Acting chief health officer Dr Charles Pain said there was COVID-19 found in the wastewater in the Bicentennial Rd and golf course areas of Katherine and they were testing people there.
Mr Gunner said the government was working with Woolworths Katherine and other businesses such as child care centres considered essential services to allow them to open even when they are an exposure site. He said Katherine would in lockdown or lockout until at least December 4.
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.