Greater Sydney has been declared a COVID-19 hotspot by the Northern Territory, where authorities say they might crack down further on travellers from elsewhere in NSW and Victoria.
Anyone arriving in the NT from Sydney after midnight Thursday will be subject to a fortnight of mandatory quarantine.
“Further to this, we are watching very closely NSW and particularly Metropolitan Melbourne … and we won’t hesitate to declare further hot spot regions,” NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles said on Thursday.
Coronavirus cases continue to grow in two clusters in Sydney, plus an increasing number of community-transmission diagnoses in Melbourne.
Ms Fyles urged Territorians to reconsider any travel plans they have for the coming weeks.
“Now is the time to really consider any travel plans so that you don’t end up in mandatory quarantine at a cost of $2,500,” she said.
Three crew members from cattle export ship the Diamantina continue to be treated for coronavirus in Royal Darwin Hospital, as the vessel’s immediate future remains a matter of discussion.
“We’re working with the ship’s owners and the unions around that ship, and what processes need to be undertaken before it can exit the Port of Darwin,” Ms Fyles said.
A skeleton crew remain on board the vessel, with the remainder at the Howard Springs quarantine facility, near Darwin.
“There is a testing regime that has taken place for the remaining crew members … as well as any port and other workers that may have interacted with that vessel,” Ms Fyles said.
“I can confirm only the positive tests that I’ve just spoken about – there’s no other positive tests to date.”