Parts of Northern Territory to be kept out of Queensland

Queensland border restrictions are changing again, with significant parts of the Northern Territory soon to be declared a hotspot.

It comes after a positive case popped up in the Darwin community yesterday, forcing the Greater Darwin area and Katherine into a snap three-day lockdown.

The case, a man in his 30s, had recently completed hotel quarantine in Sydney before travelling through Canberra to Darwin.


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As a result of the snap lockdown, Queensland will also declare the Greater Darwin and Katherine regions a hotspot from 1.00 am tomorrow.

Anyone who arrives in Queensland after that and has been in the areas of concern since August 12 will need to go into hotel quarantine.

While anyone who comes into the state before then is being urged to monitor their symptoms and get tested immediately if they experience any.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Jeanette Young says those arrivals will also be banned from visiting prisons, aged care facilities, disability accommodation services and hospitals.

“From 1am, Wednesday 18 August, anyone who has been in these NT hotspots on or after 12 August cannot enter these facilities, except for end of life visits unless 14 days have passed since they were there,” Dr Young said.

“Acting quickly matters,” she said.

“We’ve seen how quickly the virus has spread through New South Wales, as well as the growing cluster in Melbourne.

“It’s good to see the Northern Territory government have acted quickly and, hopefully, the snap three-day lockdown will stop the spread,” Dr Young said.

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