Alice Springs locks down, Adelaide on edge

Original article by Tom Burton, Julie-anne Sprague
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 1-Jul-21

The Northern Territory government has imposed a three-day lockdown for the Alice Springs local government area after a worker at the Tanami gold mine spent seven hours at the city’s airport before returning home to Adelaide. The man and four members of his family subsequently tested positive for the Delta variant of COVID-19, ending South Australia’s record of seven consecutive months with no locally-acquired cases. The man is not believed to have been infectious while he was at the airport, but NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner says the lockdown is necessary in order to protect vulnerable communities in the region. The SA government hopes the cluster can be contained without the need for a lockdown.


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