Unvaccinated residents in the Northern Territory will be locked down for four days after the territory announced a record 256 new Covid infections overnight.

From 1pm on Thursday, those who have not received both Covid-19 jabs can only leave home for one of three reasons – essential shopping, for medical treatment including vaccination or to provide care. 

Chief Minister Michael Gunner said unlike with previous lockdowns the unvaccinated would also be banned from going outside to work or exercise. 

The lockdown will last until 12pm on Monday, when a vaccination passport system will be introduced. 

Mr Gunner has also restricted access to low-vaccination communities to residents and essential workers, who will need a negative rapid antigen test result before travelling.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner (pictured) has announced unvaccinated residents in the Northern Territory will be locked down for four days

Chief Minister Michael Gunner (pictured) has announced unvaccinated residents in the Northern Territory will be locked down for four days

Chief Minister Michael Gunner (pictured) has announced unvaccinated residents in the Northern Territory will be locked down for four days

Mr Gunner said fully vaccinated residents would not be affected by the lockdown.

The NT’s unvaccinated population cannot go more than 30km from their home if travelling for an essential reason, unless they are going to hospital.

‘The fully vaccinated can continue as they were,’ he said. ‘For people who are not vaccinated, lockdown rules will apply to everyone aged 16 and above.’

Of the new cases, 27 resulted from community transmission and 10 infections are known close contacts.

Another 112 remain under investigation and 107 cases are interstate and international arrivals.

The territory recorded 117 new cases on Wednesday.

‘Today’s escalation in case numbers is concerning,’ Mr Gunner said. ‘Our community transmission rate has grown in recent days.’

The announcement came two days after the NT announced fully-vaccinated arrivals would no longer be required to show evidence of a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before travelling to the territory.

The announcement came two days after the NT announced fully-vaccinated travellers would no longer be required to show evidence of a negative PCR test before arrival into the territory

The announcement came two days after the NT announced fully-vaccinated travellers would no longer be required to show evidence of a negative PCR test before arrival into the territory

The announcement came two days after the NT announced fully-vaccinated travellers would no longer be required to show evidence of a negative PCR test before arrival into the territory

They will now be handed a rapid antigen test upon arrival in the NT so they can self-test and report their result within two hours.

‘If you are in a queue down south trying to get a PCR test, leave and we will sort it out when you get here,’ Chief Minister Michael Gunner said on Tuesday.

Children under two years are not required to be tested.

Mr Gunner said the policy change was a response to testing issues in other states that had seen long queues, delayed result delivery and clinics close.

‘PCR supply and testing down south are getting thinner and thinner. They are buckling in some places. The shelves are empty of RAT kits,’ he said. 

Source: Daily Mail

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