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NT Aboriginal group urges Omicron caution

The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory has called for supervised COVID-19 quarantine to be reinstated until Omicron is better understood. November 30, 2021 The Northern Territory’s peak Aboriginal health group has called for supervised COVID-19 quarantine to be reinstated after Omicron was detected in the Top End. Currently, fully vaccinated international travellers are permitted […]

David Dalaithngu was ‘a gift to Australia’

Actor David Dalaithngu has been hailed as a cheeky but humble giant of the screen who took Aboriginal culture to the world. November 30, 2021 Actor David Dalaithngu has been remembered as an inspiration to the nation and a humble giant of the screen who took Aboriginal culture to the world. Dalaithngu died at his […]

No new COVID-19 infections detected in NT

Health restrictions remain for three Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory with no new COVID-19 cases recorded in the latest period. November 30, 2021 The Northern Territory has detected no new COVID-19 infections but health restrictions remain in force across multiple Indigenous communities. The current outbreak remains at 58 cases. “That’s really good news,” Health […]

Two new NT COVID cases, Omicron arrives

The NT has detected two new COVID-19 infections linked to a locked-down Indigenous community, as the first case of the Omicron variant is confirmed. November 29, 2021 The Northern Territory has confirmed a man quarantining at the Centre for National Resilience in Howard Springs is infected with the Omicron COVID-19 variant. It is the first […]

No new NT COVID cases, storm delays tests

The Northern Territory has recorded no new COVID-19 infections after a large storm stopped a plane carrying hundreds of tests reaching a laboratory in Darwin. November 26, 2021 The Northern Territory has detected no new COVID-19 infections after a large Top End storm stopped hundreds of tests reaching a laboratory. The territory’s outbreak stands at […]

Lockdown eases in NT Aboriginal community

Lockdown rules have eased in the Northern Territory Indigenous community of Rockhole as Defence condemns social media claims it is forcing vaccinations. November 26, 2021 Health restrictions have eased in a Northern Territory Indigenous community as the Australian Defence Force condemns social media claims that it’s forcing people to get vaccinated. The territory’s outbreak grew to […]

ADF, NT chief reject ‘insane’ vax ‘lies’

Defence and the Northern Territory’s chief minister have rejected “ridiculous” social media claims the military is forcibly vaccinating Indigenous Territorians. November 25, 2021 The Australian Defence Force has rejected “wild” social media claims it is forcibly vaccinating Indigenous Northern Territorians against COVID-19. Chief Minister Michael Gunner urged people to ignore the “ridiculous rumours” and “insane […]

ADF rejects social media vax claims

Defence has rejected “wild” social media claims that it’s removing Indigenous Northern Territorians from homes and forcibly vaccinating them against COVID-19. November 25, 2021 The Australian Defence Force has rejected “wild” social media claims that it’s forcibly vaccinating Indigenous Northern Territorians against COVID-19. Facebook posts by various groups and individuals over the past few days […]

Residents flee locked down community in NT

The Northern Territory is expecting more COVID-19 cases after four people, including an infected woman, snuck past police to flee a locked-down community. November 25, 2021 The Northern Territory is expecting more COVID-19 cases after an infected resident from a locked-down community snuck past police and fled to a nearby town. The woman and four […]

NT records 11 more COVID-19 infections

The Northern Territory has detected 11 new cases as an outbreak in two Indigenous communities and the town of Katherine continues to grow. November 24, 2021 The Northern Territory has detected 11 new COVID-19 cases after an infected woman from a locked-down community evaded police and travelled to a nearby town. It brings the cluster […]

ADF helps COVID response in Top End

About 125 Australian Defence Force personnel have been mobilised to help Northern Territory health workers and police respond to a growing COVID-19 outbreak. November 24, 2021 Australian Defence Force personnel are lending a helping hand in the battle to control COVID-19 outbreak among the Northern Territory’s Indigenous community. It has grown to 40 infections after […]

NT COVID outbreak grows, three new cases

The Northern Territory has detected three new cases as an outbreak among the Indigenous community continues to grow. November 23, 2021 The Northern Territory has detected three new COVID-19 infections, including an infant who has been taken to hospital. The new cases are a man in his 40s from Katherine, a woman in her 20s […]

Prehistoric mums not that bad: study

Researchers say the high number of ancient child remains found at archaeological digs is not a reflection of poor care, but may be evidence of a baby boom. November 23, 2021 Prehistoric mothers may have cared for their children better than modern scientists first thought. It has long been assumed that the death rate of […]

NT lockdown extended, COVID outbreak grows

A seven-day lockdown in the Northern Territory town of Katherine has been extended by 48 hours amid a COVID-19 outbreak among the Indigenous community. November 23, 2021 A lockdown in the Northern Territory town has been extended amid a COVID-19 outbreak among the Indigenous community. Residents in Katherine, 320km south of Darwin, will remain confined […]

NT border rules ease, COVID outbreak grows

The Northern Territory has ushered in sweeping border rule changes as two new COVID-19 cases are detected amid an outbreak among the Indigenous community. November 22, 2021 The Northern Territory has detected two new COVID-19 infections as authorities ease border rules for fully vaccinated travellers. It brings the current outbreak to 37 cases after a 33-year-old […]

New NT COVID cases, border rules ease

The Northern Territory has ushered in sweeping border rule changes as two new COVID-19 cases are detected amid an outbreak among the Indigenous community. November 22, 2021 The Northern Territory has detected two new COVID-19 infections as authorities race to vaccinate Indigenous communities It brings the current outbreak to 37 cases after a 33-year-old woman and […]

NT border rules change amid COVID outbreak

The Northern Territory has ushered in sweeping border rule changes as authorities work to get COVID-19 outbreak among the Indigenous community under control. November 22, 2021 Most unvaccinated travellers are now barred from entering the Northern Territory as authorities nervously wait to learn if a COVID-19 outbreak has spread to another Indigenous community. No new […]

Nine new COVID-19 cases in remote NT

The Northern Territory has detected nine new COVID-19 cases as an outbreak spreads to a second remote Indigenous community. November 21, 2021 Nine new COVID-19 cases have been detected in the Northern Territory, as an outbreak spreads to a second remote Indigenous community. It brings the current cluster to 31 cases with five men and […]

NT concerns over proposed voter ID laws

Indigenous leaders from the Northern Territory have expressed their concerns over the Morrison government’s proposed voter ID law, saying it will deter voters. November 21, 2021 Indigenous leaders from the Northern Territory have voiced their concerns over the Morrison government’s proposed voter ID law. The group fears it will amplify the discrimination already experienced by […]

More NT Indigenous communities at risk

A COVID-19 outbreak in the Northern Territory could have spread to two more Indigenous communities. November 20, 2021 A week-long COVID-19 outbreak in the Northern Territory that’s grown to 21 cases could have spread to two more Indigenous communities. Authorities have detected viral fragments in wastewater from Binjari, a community on the outskirts of the town of […]

Border breacher NT COVID outbreak source

The Northern Territory has recorded no new COVID-19 cases as testing reveals the outbreak was triggered by a woman who illegally entered the Top End last month. November 19, 2021 Genomic testing has confirmed the Northern Territory’s current COVID-19 outbreak was triggered by an infected woman who illegally entered the Top End last month. The 21-year-old […]

Border breacher’s crime spree across NT

A 23-year-old man allegedly lied his way past a Northern Territory COVID-19 border checkpoint before stealing fuel and ignoring quarantine rules. November 19, 2021 A man accused of lying his way past a Northern Territory COVID-19 border checkpoint before stealing fuel and ignoring quarantine requirements has been charged. The 23-year-old allegedly made a false declaration […]

Huge NT vegie farm delayed after review

Plans to build a groundwater-dependent horticulture project near Alice Springs will be revised after environmental protections were added to its water licence. November 19, 2021 A massive Central Australian horticulture development has been delayed after environmental concerns triggered a review of the project’s licence to extract 40 billion litres of underground water. Fortune Agribusiness plans […]

NT detects two new COVID-19 cases

The Northern Territory has recorded two new COVID-19 cases, including a Top End health worker, bringing its current outbreak to 21.  November 19, 2021 The Northern Territory has recorded two new COVID-19 cases as the first Top End health worker is infected with the virus. Wastewater testing reveals the virus could have spread to a […]

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