Northern Territory bans Melburnians from TEN suburbs from entering unless they do 14 days quarantine as more than 1,100 are forced into lockdown at the Australian Open Covid breach
The Northern Territory has enforced an immediate 14-day quarantine on visitors from any one of 10 Melbourne suburbs.
Northern Territory officials gathered for an emergency response on Thursday afternoon after a 26 year old hotel worker within the Australian Open tennis quarantine system tested positive for the highly contagious UK strain of Coronavirus.
Visitors from the following Melbourne suburbs must go into immediate lockdeown: Melbourne, West Melbourne, Noble Park, Keysborough, Springvale, Brighton, Brandon Park, Clayton South, Heatherton and Moorabbin.
Anyone from Melbourne, West Melbourne, Noble Park, Keysborough, Springvale, Brighton, Brandon Park, Clayton South, Heatherton or Moorabbin has been ordered into 14 day lockdown in the Northern Territory
Anyone arriving in the Territory from one of those areas after 3.30pm on Thursday will have to enter mandatory supervised quarantine – at no cost.
It is understood two flights from Melbourne arrived in the Territory at 11am on Thursday.
Immediate quarantine for visitors to Darwin and Alice Springs from these Melbourne suburbs
- West Melbourne
- Noble Park
- Brandon Park
- Clayton South
Melburnians who had arrived from one of the hot spots since January 29 will also have to self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
Visitors currently in the air will be intercepted at Darwin and Alice Springs airports and interviewed.
Those who have come from one of the Melbourne hot spots will be offered a free stay at Howard Springs, or the opportunity to catch the next flight home.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner reportedly said he does not expect the compulsory quarantine to last for long.
‘It’s best to go hard and be extra cautious until we know more’.
‘We are always cautious because we are the safest place in Australia and we want to stay that way,’ he said.
‘As we’ve seen around the country and around the world, when it comes to coronavirus no-one ever regrets being too careful.’
Previously anyone visiting the territory from a hotspot had to pay for their quarantine, $2500 per person.
If you’ve arrived in Darwin or Alice Springs from one of 10 nominated Melbourne suburbs you’ll have to go straight into lockown – or turn around and fly home
‘We are always cautious because we are the safest place in Australia and we want to stay that way,’ Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said
Two of the infected man’s close contacts have tested negative, with Victorian health authorities reaching 19 more.
A further 600 casual contacts also have been told to isolate and get tested, as have 520 Australian Open players, officials and support staff.
Melbourne Park matches were suspended on Thursday but they’re set to resume on Friday.
Australian Open director Craig Tiley said the tournament would go ahead as planned from next Monday.
More than 50 localities in metropolitan Perth, the Peel region and Western Australia’s southwest remain hotspots for the purpose of travel to the NT.
More to come