Northern Territory Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Written by on 20/03/2020

Northern Territory Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

20 March 2020

Two people have today tested positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and followed the recommended health protocols to minimise the risk to others until they could get medical treatment.

As announced by the Minister for Health at a press event in Darwin this morning, a man in his 30s tested positive for the virus after he travelled to Darwin from Zagreb via Istanbul and Denpasar, arriving on Flight JQ82 at 5:00am on 19 March 2020.

He immediately went into self-isolation and was later tested at the Royal Darwin Hospital Pandemic Clinic. He is now in isolation in Royal Darwin Hospital.

Separately, a 21-year old woman has tested positive after returning to Darwin from Utah, she travelled from Utah to San Francisco and on to Brisbane, before arriving into Darwin on Flight QF824 at midday on 19 March 2020.

She went into self-isolation immediately and was later tested at the Royal Darwin Hospital Pandemic Clinic after developing a sore throat and a cough. She is now in isolation in Royal Darwin Hospital.

People on those flights are being contacted as part of the contact tracing procedures.

This brings the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the NT to three in total.


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