As you may be aware, it was announced today that two people who arrived into Darwin this week from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship have tested positive for COVID-19.

The below update that has been provided to us from the Northern Territory Department of Health:

 

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

Since their arrival in Australia, two of the people on this flight have tested positive for COVID-19.

These patients are doing well and have been placed in medical isolation in the care of the AUSMAT team on site.

It is important to reassure you that these patients pose no threat to your community, or to the other people currently in quarantine. The virus is transmitted by close contact with an infected person through means such as coughing or sneezing. It does not spread any distance through the air.

The two patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 were medically evacuated to their home states for treatment. I want to reassure you that this evacuation also did not pose a risk to the health of anyone in the community.

Strict infection control protocols remain in place. The other people quarantined in the facility will stay within agreed limits of the perimeter of the property throughout their 14-day isolation period and will be also housed away from the perimeter fences. Security staff will continue to monitor the facility 24 hours a day.

For the latest national updates please visit health.gov.au

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

w: www.education.nt.gov.au