The latest update on the Coronavirus situation is below:

  • There are no confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus in the NT.
  • Three suspected cases in the Northern Territory have been tested, and on Saturday afternoon (1 February) returned negative results.

Current advice from Australian Health Protection Principal Committee

  • On Saturday 1 February, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) upgraded its novel Coronavirus advice.
  • All travellers who have been to any part of mainland China within the last 14 days are advised to self-isolate (stay at home) until the 14 day-mark is reached (ie, if you returned a week ago, isolate yourself for a week).
  • Ring the Australian Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080 for advice.

NT-specific advice – provided from Northern Territory Department of Health

  • If you develop flu-like symptoms while you are self-isolated, contact the Top End Health Service Public Health Unit on 8922 8044.
  • If your symptoms develop you should contact the Emergency Department 8922 8888 who will make arrangements for your transport.
  • If you become very unwell and are experiencing distress, contact 000 for an ambulance.
  • It is very important that you provide your travel history as a priority when seeking any medical advice or attention.
  • Residents and visitors are advised to remain alert, but not alarmed. The novel Coronavirus has a low infection rate of 1.9. This compares with rates of 10 for influenza and 13 for measles.
  • There is no need for members of the public to use masks, unless they have had contact with a confirmed case.


Updates are being posted on the SecureNT Facebook page and we will continue to provide you with updates as they come to hand.