Outbreak of virus spreads in northern territory gold mines

The Northern Territory (NT) recorded two new cases of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus on the second day of the blockade, after an infected man joined the 900 staff at the Granites gold mine on June 18. The total number has increased to six.

The outbreak occurs during a national blockade with new cases in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia.

The man traveled for work after being suspected of being infected after quarantine at a hotel in Brisbane. There were four confirmed cases on June 27, and a 48-hour blockade began at 1:00 pm on the same day in Darwin and Palmerston.

An estimated 400 of the field fly-in and fly-out (FIFO) workers traveled to Brisbane, and an additional 250 traveled to Perth.

NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles told ABC Radio that he expects the number of positive cases to increase as more individuals are tested.

“We have had up to six incidents,” she told ABC Radio.

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Northern Territory Health Minister Natasha Filez spoke to the media on April 9, 2021 at a press conference outside Parliament in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. (AAP Image / Aaron Bunch)

“It’s moving very fast and its number is likely to increase today. I told Territrian to prepare for it.”

Dr. Huheggy, NT’s Chief Health Officer, previously stated that difficult contact tracing tasks are underway as many FIFO workers travel to other states.

“The nature of positive cases at fly-in and fly-out mines has identified a large number of close contacts and a major contact tracking mission is underway,” said Heggy. Media release..

Five cases have been tracked. Three remained in the Northern Territory, one traveled to New South Wales and one to Queensland. It is unknown how the sixth case is linked to the cluster.

Following the blockade, Prime Minister Michael Gunner announced territory SME blockade payments to those affected by the blockade, giving $ 1,000 to SMEs that either stopped trading or suffered a loss of at least 50%. Provided.

Gunner said the improvement package would help businesses in an unavoidable blockade.

“We do whatever it takes to keep territory people safe. That’s why we need this blockade, to pause everything while we’re at the peak of the outbreak,” Gunner said. It states as follows. Media release..

“I know this blockage is necessary, but it also hurts. It’s especially for our small business owners who had to shut down to keep the rest of us safe. It will be difficult. “

AAP contributed to this report.

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