August 16, 2021

Queensland Health will declare Greater Darwin and the Katherine region COVID-19 hotspots after a man in his 30s tested positive for COVID-19 and spent time in the community while infectious.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said the positive case meant there was a need to take action.

From 1:00am on Wednesday (August 18), the Greater Darwin and Katherine regions will be declared as hotspots.

Anyone arriving into Queensland from this time who has been in these areas since August 12 will need to go into hotel quarantine.

Anyone who has already arrived, or arrives in Queensland from the Greater Darwin and Katherine regions before 1:00am on Wednesday should monitor their symptoms and get tested immediately if they experience symptoms.

Restrictions will also apply to the State’s prisons, aged care facilities, disability accommodation services and hospitals.

“From 1:00am, Wednesday, anyone who has been in these NT hotspots on or after August 12 cannot enter these facilities, except for end-of-life visits unless 14 days have passed since they were there,” Dr Young said.

Dr Young said Queensland would continue to monitor the situation.

There were no new active cases reported in Queensland on Monday.

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