The Northern Territory news Mon 16 Mar 2020
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MONDAY MARCH 16 2020 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Fans gather for the 2020 Tiwi Islands Football League Grand Final between Ranku Eagles and Tapalinga Superstars. PICTURE: Che Chorley Chief medic stands by Dutton advice CHIEF Medical Officer Brendan Murphy is sticking to his advice he gave to members of the federal cabinet that they did not need to be tested for coronavirus after Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton contracted the virus. Mr Dutton is in hospital recovering from COVID-19 after being diagnosed on Friday and over 24 hours after attending a cabinet meeting last Tuesday. Professor Murphy, who was at the meeting, was asked on ABC televisions Insiders program whether he was certain that he doesnt have the virus. No one can be absolutely certain about everything but all of our advice, internationally, is that the peak infectious period is when you have symptoms, he said. Labors health spokesman Chris Bowen has questioned the advice when people more broadly are told to self-isolate if they have been in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19. The approach must be consistent and clear and I dont think we have clear advice ... to the Australian people, Mr Bowen said. Winds build as cyclone moves to island STRONG winds are forecast to hit parts of Queenslands coast as a tropical cyclone tracks over the Coral Sea towards Norfolk Island. The cyclone is expected to develop into a category one system overnight as it tracks southeast away from the Queensland coast, the Bureau of Meteorology says. Meteorologist Alex Maj chrowski said the cyclone was expected to turn into a category two system before it approaches Norfolk Island today. As it passes through the island, its expected to turn into a tropical low but Mr Majchrowski warns it will still have the intensity of a category two tropical cyclone. The weather system is not expected to affect mainland Queensland but strong winds are forecast to hit the coastal waters south of Mackay, with gale warnings in place for the Fraser Island coast, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. We are not expecting much weather-wise for Queensland, its really just those strong winds and gale warnings, Mr Majchrowski said. TRADITIONALLY the biggest day of the year on the Tiwi Islands calendar was celebrated yesterday, however this year was a little different. Not for lack of football fanaticism, but for the lack of tourists. The decision by the Tiwi Aboriginal Land Trust and Tiwi Land Trust to restrict entry to the township due to coronavirus fears ensured the final could go ahead while maintaining a safe environment for the elders and any vulnerable community members. It meant a smattering of tourists who had arrived during the preceding week were surrounded by passionate lo Footy wins on Tiwi CHE CHORLEY cals decked out in brown and yellow or blue. Callum Taylor and Marta Taseual Juanola from Perth, said it was better than the AFL, the atmosphere, the little kids with their face painted, dogs on the field, it was really the most amazing show. The pair arrived Friday and felt welcomed backpacking through the islands before the ban came into place They said they met some of the friendliest people theyve ever met. The Art Fair that runs parallel to the Grand Final was effectively shut down this year, but Callum and Marta managed to take home a small work of art and a unique experience.