NT records one new local COVID case in three-year-old girl, as Katherine lockout is extended for 24 hours

The Northern Territory has recorded one new local case of the COVID-19, a three-year-old girl in Katherine.NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the girl had tested positive after taking a PCR test while receiving treatment in Katherine Hospital.Ms Fyles said the girl had seven household contacts and they were all being interviewed this morning.She said the girl lived in the Acacia Road area in Katherine, which could explain persistent COVID-positive wastewater results in parts of the town.LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic”We believe at this stage that the girl is late in her infectious period,” she said.”It could explain that Bicentennial Road catchment that we kept getting the positive wastewater in.”The lockout in Katherine has been extended by 24 hours and is now scheduled to end at 12pm on Wednesday, Ms Fyles said.She said the lockout extension would give time for authorities to “work through those close contacts and get an understanding of this young girl’s case of COVID”.The new case brings the number of infections connected to the Katherine region outbreak to 61.Read more about the Omicron variant:Two other cases of COVID unconnected to the local cluster were also recorded in the NT overnight, Ms Fyles said.One is a close contact of a person who tested positive after arriving in the NT from Melbourne last week and is already in quarantine.The other is a 60-year-old woman who flew into Darwin from London and tested positive while in home quarantine.She will be transported to the Howard Springs quarantine facility.Ms Fyles said a man in his 50s infected with COVID-19 was still in ICU at Royal Darwin Hospital.She said he was “doing well” and in a stable condition.The man is fully vaccinated, however, Ms Fyles said the timing of his vaccinations “meant that he may not have reached his full immunity protection when he was exposed to the virus”.Ms Fyles also said police were still working to find a 27-year-old man who fled the Todd COVID-19 quarantine facility in Alice Springs on Friday.She called the man’s behaviour “completely unacceptable and selfish”.”It puts our community at risk,” she said.”Our authorities will catch up with him and he will face penalties for that behaviour.”Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 2 minutes 35 seconds2m 35s Why we hear about some COVID-19 variants more than othersWhat you need to know about coronavirus:Loading form…

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