'Very real risk': Darwin locked down after new Covid case

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Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced Darwin and Katherine will go into lockdown from midday for three days after a man tested positive for Covid-19.

“You must stay home,” he said.

The case was a man, an international arrival, who had been quarantined in Sydney, Mr Gunner said. He tested negative before being released from hotel quarantine and arrived in the Northern Territory on August 12.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner address the media at a press conference at NT parliament house.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said Darwin will go into lockdown. Source: AAP

He travelled to Darwin via the ACT. Mr Gunner said he wore a mask and was only in Canberra’s airport, which is not considered a hot spot.

The man tested positive for Covid on Sunday night and is asymptomatic. He is currently in isolation in Katherine and will be moved to the National Centre for Resilience on Monday.

“He landed in Darwin very late Thursday night, just before midnight and travelled by taxi to the Hilton Hotel on Mitchell Street," Mr Gunner said.

“Later on Friday morning, he travelled back to the airport in an Uber car, to collect a hire care.”

People wearing masks on Mindil Beach in Darwin, Australia.
People wear masks at Darwin's Mindil Beach. Source: Getty Images

Mr Gunner said it is not known what variant of Covid-19 he has, but the man has had contact with an Uber driver, a taxi driver and went to a Woolworths supermarket in Katherine.

“There is a very real risk that this virus has been transmitted to others,” Mr Gunner said.

It means as of midday on Monday, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Darwin will be in lockdown.

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