Three-year-old Katherine girl tests positive for COVID-19, lives in a house with seven people

by | Dec 6, 2021 | COVID-19 | 0 comments

A three-year-old Katherine girl who shares a house with seven other people has tested positive for COVID-19 Health Minister Natasha Fyles has said, which will extend the town’s lockout by a day.

Ms Fyles told a press conference on Monday morning the girl was the only person from the Northern Territory outbreak to test positive in the past 24 hours.

However, there were two other confirmed positives, one a close contact of a man who had arrived on a flight from Melbourne with the virus last week, and who had been in quarantine, Ms Fyles said.

The other person was a 60-year-old female passenger from a November 29 London flight, who has been in home quarantine, she said, and the case was not linked to the infected crew members who were on another London flight.

The three-year-old girl lives in the Acacia Drive area of Katherine East, Mr Fyles said, and she said her infection could possibly explain positive results in the Bicentennial Rd wastewater catchment.

“She went to Katherine Hospital yesterday for some treatment,” Ms Fyles said.

“And it is at that point she received a PCR test and that test came back positive.”

Ms Fyles said the girl was late in her infectious period, shared a house with seven people who were being interviewed, and contact tracing had begun.

The Katherine lockout was due to end at midday Tuesday but Ms Fyles said it would be extended by a day.

The government says the total number of cases from the Katherine Robinson River cluster is now 61.

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