Police fine Darwin man for breaching self-quarantine rules, as NT confirms more COVID-19 cases

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A 52-year-old man has become the first person in the Northern Territory to be given an on-the-spot fine for breaching self-quarantine rules.

Key points:

  • The man had returned from overseas last Monday and was meant to be self-quarantining
  • NT Police have said fines of $1,099 will be issued for any breaches after a warning
  • Four new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the NT on Tuesday

Northern Territory police said the man was fined in Darwin for failing to comply with directions of the Chief Health Officer.

The man returned from overseas last Monday and was meant to spend 14 days in self-quarantine.

No details were given about how he breached the quarantine order.

A police spokesman said the man was handed an infringement notice for $1,099.

Police officers, along with Australian Defence Force personnel, are carrying out about 200 spot checks each day on people who are in quarantine.

NT Police have said someone would be fined if they breached a quarantine order again after being warned.

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NT COVID-19 snapshot

  • Territorians diagnosed with COVID-19: 21
  • Cases detected in the NT: 22

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Four positive tests in overseas arrivals

Four new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the Northern Territory on Tuesday, bringing the number of people diagnosed in the NT to 19.

All four were people who had returned from overseas.

There has been no community transmission of the virus in the NT to date.

Two Darwin men in their late 20s were admitted to Royal Darwin Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

One flew from Sydney to Darwin on flight VA1351 on Friday, March 20.

The other flew from Melbourne to Darwin on flight QF838 last Wednesday.

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Secure NT said both men had been in self-quarantine since arriving in the Northern Territory.

Earlier on Tuesday Health Minister Natasha Fyles said two women in their 40s had tested positive for the virus.

One woman who had been in the Philippines flew to Darwin from Sydney last Friday on flight QF 840.

The NT Public Health Unit planned to contact passengers sitting near the woman and two men on their flights.

The second woman recently returned from a European cruise on MSC Fantasia.

Secure NT said no contact tracing would be done in that woman’s case because of the delay between her return and becoming unwell.

How do I get tested in the NT?

  • If you can’t contact or get to your GP, but you have the symptoms, you should call 1800 008 002
  • This is a dedicated NT-wide coronavirus (COVID-19) number for people who need to arrange testing only
  • If you live in Darwin and need to arrange testing, call the Public Health Unit on 8922 8044
  • Patients who are tested should remain isolated at home until they receive their test results
  • For general advice, Territorians can call 1800 020 080

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