Tennant Creek goes into snap lockdown after Covid cases

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The town of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory has been placed into lockdown after recording Covid-19 cases.

The snap lockdown for the town located 1000kms south of Darwin will end at 5pm on Monday, the state’s Chief Minister Michael Gunner said on Friday.

"Tennant Creek also has a low vaccination rate of below 70 per cent first dose," he wrote on Facebook.

Acting Chief Minister Nicole Manison has called the rate "frustratingly low". 

The town has a population of just under 3,000 people. 

Aerial view of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. Source: Getty
Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for five reasons. Source: Getty

Residents will only be allowed to leave for five reasons including: medical treatment, shopping for essential goods, essential work, one hour of exercise within 5kms from home, to provide care and support for a family member.

Only one member from each household will be able to visit supermarkets. Only two people from a household can exercise together.

Masks are required to be worn outside the home. A mask mandate is also in place for the entire Barkly region.

People may not enter the lockdown area, unless it is to access essential services like fuel or to transit through, Mr Gunner said. 

The NT announced eight new Covid cases on Friday, with four of the cases confirmed in Tennant Creek. 

One of those cases is a woman in her 40s who has been infectious while in the community since Sunday, health officials said. 

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