Northern Territory records its first Covid-19 death — from outbreak that was started by a border jumper who lied about visiting Melbourne
- An unvaccinated woman in her 70s has died after spending 10 days hospitalised
- The woman was from Binjari Aboriginal community died Thursday night
- She was admitted to hospital on November 20 and had underlying health issues
- There are 60 cases in the Northern Territory’s current outbreak
The Northern Territory has recorded its first death from COVID-19.
The unvaccinated woman in her 70s from Binjari Aboriginal community died about 11.30pm on Thursday in Royal Darwin Hospital.
‘This is a very hard day,’ Chief Minister Michel Gunner told reporters on Friday.
‘This is the news we never wanted to give.
‘While we are the last place in Australia to have one of our own succumb to COVID, it is very unlikely to be the last time we have to deliver such news.’
Mr Gunner said the woman was admitted to hospital on November 20 and had underlying health issues.
There are 60 cases in the territory’s current outbreak.
The fatality comes a day after the virus was detected in another remote community, with a 45-year-old man diagnosed in Lajamanu, 900km northwest of Alice Springs, near the Western Australia border.
Lajamanu is the third Aboriginal community to become infected.
The outbreak started when an infected woman illegally entered the NT in late October.
The 21-year-old lied on her border entry form before travelling from Cairns to Darwin after visiting Victoria, where she contracted the virus.
She infected a man in Darwin before the virus spread to Katherine, then the Aboriginal communities of Robinson River – 1000km southeast of Darwin – Binjari and Lajamanu.
Nineteen people from Binjari – 330km south of Darwin – have been diagnosed with the virus since the first cases were detected in the community of about 200 on November 20.
Dozens of infected residents and close contacts have been moved to The Centre for National Resilience quarantine facility near Darwin.
The Northern Territory reported its first case of Omicron from a man in quarantine in the Howard Springs Facility.
The man travlled on a repatriation flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, to Darwin.
Nine other cases of the variant have been reported in NSW and expected to rise after family members have tested positive for Covid.
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