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Darwin’s lockout extended after exposure sites revealed


Greater Darwin‘s lockout will be extended by 24 hours until midnight Tuesday over potential unknown close contacts to a confirmed COVID-19 case.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the 21-year-old source case of the Darwin outbreak has been co-operative with health authorities, but has taken time to corroborate her story.

“We are now confident we have identified, isolated and tested all of the known close contacts. By that the contacts that she knew and spent time with,” Mr Gunner said.

Darwin CBD during a lockdown. (Getty)

“However, we believe there may be unknown close contacts and we’re particularly concerned with doing more contact tracing work on the (hotel) exposure site.”

The Darwin cluster stands at three confirmed COVID-19 cases.

While there are no new cases of COVID-19 in the territory, authorities are concerned about the four hours the source COVID-19 case spent at Noonamah Tavern on Melbourne Cup Day between 2.12pm and 6.17pm.

Meanwhile, the lockdown for Katherine will be lifted at 5pm today, however a mask mandate will continue until Friday.



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