Qld declares Katherine a hotspot after town plunged into lockdown

Queensland has moved quickly to declare Katherine in the Northern Territory a COVID-19 hotspot, following advice from local health authorities.

From 12.01am on Saturday 6 November, anyone arriving into Queensland who has been in the Katherine area since 4 November will need to isolate.

Anyone who has already arrived, or arrives in Queensland from the Katherine region before 6pm Saturday 6 November, will need to isolate in home quarantine until they receive a negative test result.


While anyone who enters Queensland from the Katherine region after 6pm on Saturday will be forced into hotel quarantine until the hotspot declaration is lifted or 14 days of hotel quarantine is completed, whichever comes first.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Peter Aitken said people coming into Queensland from the Katherine region will need to abide by extra restrictions as a precaution.

“Anyone who has been in the Katherine area since 4 November cannot enter vulnerable facilities in Queensland until further notice,” Dr Aitken said.

“This includes the state’s prisons, aged care facilities, disability accommodation services and hospitals.

“It is very important to act swiftly in these circumstances.

“We are working closely with the Northern Territory Government, and mirroring these restrictions, so we can protect Queenslanders.”

Dr Aitken urged anyone planning on visiting the Northern Territory, in particular Katherine, to “reconsider” their need to travel.

“It is very important for anyone who has been in a declared COVID-19 exposure site during the risk period to get tested and follow the health advice,” he said.

“If you are experiencing any symptoms, please, come forward and get tested.”

The move comes after Katherine was plunged into a snap three-day lockdown after recording its first case of community transmission in months.