As you may be aware the NT will host an additional 209 Australians who’ve been stranded on the Diamond Princess in Japan to the Manigurr-ma village in Howard Springs.

The below update is to be provided to students, families and staff:

All people who are coming are healthy and have no symptoms of COVID19 – they have already been in quarantine on board the ship and have not contracted the virus.

NT Health and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) are preparing the village to accommodate the people and will follow procedures similar to the previous evacuation from Wuhan. They will travel with an AUSMAT team, and will undergo multiple screenings during the evacuation process. They will be screened daily while in quarantine in Howard Springs in the same way the current evacuees are being monitored.

Their plane is expected to arrive on Wednesday 19 February into the RAAF Base Darwin side of the Darwin Airport and be met by Australian Border force, AUSMAT and the Australian Defence Force.

Anyone who is unwell upon arrival will go directly to hospital for further assessment and treatment.  All staff interacting with these people will be wearing appropriate protective equipment and will avoid any direct contact. The new evacuees will be quarantined separately from those who were evacuated from Wuhan.

The new evacuees have been in quarantine for more than a week already and the Australian Government is taking a very cautious approach by quarantining these people for an additional 14 days.

 There is enough space at the facility to ensure the two groups do not mix. The Manigurr-ma village is equipped to quarantine these additional people.

They will be under the care of AUSMAT while in quarantine and will not be allowed to leave the village.

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You can also contact the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Kind regards

Leanne Nixon

Acting Chief Executive
Department of Education
Northern Territory Government
14th Floor, Mitchell Centre, 55-59 Mitchell Street, Darwin
GPO Box 4821, Darwin, NT 0801