Remote Lajamanu NT community quarantined after COVID-19 fragments found in sewage

Another remote community in the Northern Territory has been placed in lockdown, after sewage samples in Lajamanu tested positive for the coronavirus.

The lockdown took effect immediately Saturday evening in the community of about 500 people located 560 kilometers southwest of Katherine.

Lockdown restrictions were relaxed for fully vaccinated people in Katherine on Saturday, with the registration of a new local case bringing the epidemic’s total to 53.

Two of the three indigenous communities affected by the outbreak – Robinson River and Rockhole – have emerged from the lockdown, while restrictions remain in place for the community of Binjari on the outskirts of Katherine.

NT health officials said a rapid assessment team was dispatched to Lajamanu on Saturday evening.

Residents are not allowed to leave their homes except for the five essential reasons of medical care, essential work, essential shopping, one hour of exercise and for the purpose of care or in case of emergency.

Anyone who has visited Lajamanu or the surrounding lands since November 15 is required to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

The vaccination rate for Lajamanu is less than 70%, according to information on the NT government’s coronavirus website.

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