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Posted on 09 March, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated 9 March 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services is asking all Australians to stay informed and to watch out for signs and symptoms of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Current NT status

7th March 2020 

NT Health has continued to trace all those people considered close contacts of the 52-year-old man with COVID-19 infection from the QF840 flight from Sydney on Tuesday to advise them to self-isolate.

Two of the close contacts were on a fishing trip near Maningrida and were flown by Careflight into Darwin yesterday evening. They are now in self-isolation - they will remain in isolation for 14 days from last Tuesday, 3 March.

Community safety remains our highest priority. We ask the public to be alert, but not alarmed.

Practising good hand hygiene and remembering to cough or sneeze into your elbow is still the best way to minimise the spread of any infection.

4th March 2020

A 52-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 in Darwin, becoming the first confirmed case in the Northern Territory.

Why is there an Alert?

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

On 27 February 2020, the Prime Minister announced the activation of the ‘Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)'.

Information for the health sector

View our resources for health professionals, including pathology providers and healthcare managers.

Also read the 2019-nCoV National Guidelines for Public Health Units that are regularly updated by the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA).

For information about the epidemiology of cases in Australia and overseas, read the weekly epidemiological reports.