Australia Lockout extended in Alice Springs, Amoonguna, Yuendumu, Yuelumu and Galiwin'ku as the NT records 314 new cases

09:00  22 january  2022
09:00  22 january  2022 Source:   abc.net.au

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A lockout has been extended in Alice Springs, the Amoonguna community, Yuendumu, Yuelamu and Galiwin'ku for a further seven days, NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles says.

Under lockout restrictions, unvaccinated people can only leave their home for essential reasons, while people who are fully vaccinated can live as normal with a mask mandate.

It comes as the NT recorded 314 new COVID-19 cases overnight, more than two thirds of which were recorded using rapid antigen tests.

"We are concerned with the case numbers in Central Australia and what is concerning is the movement of the community," Ms Fyles said.

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Of the 4,048 active coronavirus cases in the NT, about 1,500 are in the Top End, 500 are in Central Australia, 70 in East Arnhem, 200 in Big Rivers and about 30 in the Barkly Region, she said.

The community of Utopia will also enter a seven-day lockdown from 2pm today, Ms Fyles said.

"This is a community of concern for us," she said.

"There were 22 new cases in Utopia, and these cases were across four outstations."

Ms Fyles said the double-dose vaccination rate in Utopia was around 40 per cent.

Eight new cases were recorded at Amoonguna, and one new case was recorded at Yuelamu.

No new cases were recorded in Yuendumu, but Ms Fyles said "the situation there remains concerning".

"Certainly we believe that COVID is present in that community, and people need to be very vigilant," she said.

Three new COVID-19 cases were recorded at Harts Range, all of whom are believed to have been infectious while in the community.

One new case was recorded at Docker River in a busy household with a large number of people, while another was recorded at Mount Leibig and one at Hermannsburg.

Ms Fyles said she understood coronavirus cases were present in all the town camps in Alice Springs.

More to come.

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