Three territories infected with COVID-19 at Howard Springs Quarantine Facility


Four new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the Northern Territory, Australia over the weekend, three of which caught the virus during quarantine at the Howard Springs facility on the outskirts of Darwin.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Prime Minister Michael Gunner wrote in Howard all three cases: a man in his 40s from Catherine, a woman in his 20s from the Robinson River, and a boy under the age of 10 also from the Robinson River. A Springs facility, “it wasn’t infectious while they were in the community.”

According to Gunner, these people were positive later in the replication cycle, so it is likely that they were exposed to the virus because of the early mixing of their families during the quarantine.

Therefore, the mixing rules for these families have been strengthened while maintaining the right level of support. However, this means that for certain people in the facility, the quarantine period will need to be reset due to these new positive cases.

Jamie Chalker, NT Police Commissioner, has ensured that while in Howard Springs, strict protocols are in place to ensure the separation of high-risk groups. NT News report.

“It’s important to understand that there are clearly identifiable zones. We don’t cross-mix different flights. They are all completely separated and are included in various zones, especially in the international repat area. “I will.”

He has very good compliance because the on-site CCTV provides better visibility so that people can stay where they should be and allows people to talk to each other over the route from the balcony. I added.

Chalker also explained that new positive cases would not increase the risk of cross-infection at the institution, and Howard Springs has a significant number of positive cases, but reassuring that they are all in the red zone. Gave.

“That red zone is a very strict zone, and in other areas that are clearly closely related, make sure they are all cohorted to where they finally came. There is no mixing. “

The fourth COVID-19 case detected in the territory over the weekend is a crew member arriving from London and also at the Howard Springs facility.

Meanwhile, the Lajamanu community, about 560 km southwest of Catherine, is vigilant as COVID-19-positive wastewater measurements were found on Saturday evening.

The community was quickly closed and local health teams inspected as many people as possible on a door-to-door visit, Minister Gunner said.

71 priority COVID-19 tests will take place on Saturday night, and authorities are aiming for everyone in the community to be tested by Tuesday.

According to health staff, no one in the Rajamanu community has reported symptoms.

The number of currently active COVID-19 cases in the Northern Territory is 57.

Steve Milne