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Covid-19: Queensland declares Katherine a hotspot

Queensland Health has declared the Katherine region a COVID-19 hotspot following emergency advice from the NT.

Queensland has declared the Katherine region in the Northern Territory as a Covid-19 hotspot on advice from local health officials.

From 12.01am on Saturday November 6, anyone arriving in Queensland who has been in the Katherine are area since November 4 will need to isolate.

Anyone who has already arrived, or arrives in Queensland from the Katherine region before 6pm on November 6, will need to isolate in home quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

Anyone who enters Queensland from the Katherine region after 6pm on Saturday will be directed to isolate in hotel quarantine until the hotspot declaration is lifted or 14 days of quarantine are completed – whichever comes first.

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Peter Aitken, said people coming into Queensland from the Katherine region would need to abide by the extra restrictions as a precaution.

“Anyone who has been in the Katherine area since 4 November cannot enter vulnerable facilities in Queensland until further notice,” Dr Aitken announced.

“This includes the state’s prisons, aged care facilities, disability accommodation services and hospitals.

“It is very important to act swiftly in these circumstances.

“We are working closely with the Northern Territory government, and mirroring these restrictions, so we can protect Queenslanders.

“The COVID-19 virus spreads fast and once again it is good to see our neighbours act quickly and enter a snap three-day lockdown to hopefully stop the spread.

“Anyone who is planning to visit the Northern Territory, in particular Katherine, should reconsider their need to travel.

“It is very important for anyone who has been in a declared COVID-19 exposure site during the risk period to get tested and follow the health advice.

“If you are experiencing any symptoms, please, come forward and get tested. We have done this before, we can do this again. Let’s do this, Queensland!”

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