Northeast Arnhem Land communities sent into lockdown | Parkes Champion Post
A lockdown has been declared for two remote communities in the Northern Territory for the first time since the jurisdiction opened its borders late last year.
Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison told media on Monday that two remote communities in northeast Arnhem Land; Galiwin’ku, including all of Elcho Island, and Yirrkala would be locked down from 2 p.m. today.
Galiwin’ku’s lockdown is expected to last seven days, while Yirrkala’s is expected to last 72 hours.
Ms Manison said the lockdown was called because of the growing number of cases in these remote communities and because of the complex health needs of residents.
Galiwin’ku has 19 active cases, including six people in isolation at a hotel on the island.
13 other close contacts are also isolated on the island.
“The vaccination rate there is slightly lower than other communities in East Arnhem,” Ms Manison said.
“We have a lot of people there with complex needs.”
Yirrkala has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 as well as a sewage positive result and will enter a 72 hour lockdown from 2pm today.
This means that no one, regardless of their vaccination status, will be able to leave their homes except in certain circumstances, unlike a lockout.
It is the first time the Northern Territories government has declared a lockdown since the territory opened its borders to interstate travelers on December 20.