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FRIDAY MAY 28 2021 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Lead With Courage Expressions of interest for enrolment In year 7 now accepted up to 2031. Places are limitEd. mackillopnt.catholic.edu.au/enrol Health authorities identified 13,000 people in the NT who travelled from Victoria after it was declared a hot spot 100 in Howard Springs THOUSANDS of people in the Territory have been ordered into self-isolation after recently arriving from Victoria as the troubled state plunges into its fourth lockdown. Health Minister Natasha Fyles has urged anyone who has travelled to the NT from Greater Melbourne and Bendigo since May 12 to immediately self-isolate and get a Covid-19 test. Around 13,000 people have been identified by NT Health authorities as having come to the NT from Victoria during that time frame. The Territorys dedicated Covid-19 hotlines were swamped with hundreds of calls on Thursday as people scrambled to get tested. It comes after Victoria entered a seven-day lockdown today after the states Covid-19 case tally grew to 26. The outbreak pushed the NT to slam its border shut to Greater Melbourne and Bendigo from 12.05am on Thursday. About 100 passengers who flew into Darwin from Melbourne early on Thursday morning were forced into mandatory quarantine at the Howard Springs facility. While only 38 travellers opted to board a flight that arrived from Melbourne later that same day. Minister Fyles said while she understood how inconvenient travel restrictions could be, especially during the NTs peak tourism season, they were decisions that had to be made to ensure the safety of Territorians. A hot spot can be declared at any point; its based on evidence, not on flight schedules, she said. It is unfortunate when people are in the air; we do reach out as soon as the declaration is made to the airlines. We appreciated their efforts, but unfortunately, this is domestic travel. Ms Fyles said about 900 of the 3500 beds available at the Howard Springs quarantine facility were occupied on Thursday. Presently, we have 900 approximately international repatriations, 700 of those are vulnerable Australians that come off those DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) flights, and 200 are people that come in to Darwin on commercial flights that might work on oil and gas rigs off the coast, she said. We have the ability to take that quarantining up to 2000, and then we have around 800 people that we could quarantine domestically if we were to need those types of numbers. Staff wait for passengers from a Melbourne flight at Darwin Airport. INSET: Disappointed Hawthorn supporters Maisie, 5 Benji, 3, and Jed Crossman, 8. Pictures: Che Chorley/Katrina Bridgeford. NATASHA EMECK VICTORIAN authorities have confirmed a person who contracted coronavirus has been placed into intensive care, as the state battles the highly infectious Indian variant. The state recorded 11 new cases on Thursday and will enter a seven-day circuit day breaker lockdown. Victorian acting premier James Merlino said that the person in ICU was not in a good way. In the last day, we have seen 12 linked new cases, bringing the total number of cases linked to the hotel quarantine breach in South Australia to 26, he said. Sadly, we have one of those people in an ICU, on a ventilator, in not a very good way. In the last day, weve seen more evidence were dealing with a highly infectious strain of the virus, a variant of concern, which is running faster than we have ever recorded. Health Minister Martin Foley said that the patient in ICU was one of the first cases from the outbreak and was an elderly person. He confirmed that they had not had the vaccine despite being over the age of 50. We send our best wishes to that family, and we send our prayers for a quick recovery, he said. The government has identified a long list of exposure sites while more than 10,000 primary and secondary contacts will need to either quarantine or test and isolate. There is now significant concern about how fast the variant is moving, with the time between catching the virus and passing it on narrowing from five days to one. Vic Covid patient put in ICU RHIANNON TUFFIELD Man, 25, from Istanbul flight tests positive for Covid-19 in quarantine A 25-YEAR-OLD man has tested positive to Covid-19 after recently arriving in the NT on a repatriation flight from Istanbul. The man, who arrived on the repatriation flight from Istanbul on Monday, has tested positive for Covid-19 in Howard Springs quarantine on Wednesday. He is asymptomatic and is under the care of the NT Health at the NT Centre for National Resilience. It comes after the second India flight landed in Darwin on May 23 with 165 passengers on board. No passengers were barred from boarding that flight due to positive Covid-19 tests and they are also still in quarantine at Howard Springs. The next flight from India due to arrive in Darwin is scheduled for next Monday, May 31. Health Minister Natasha Fyles said there were about 900 international arrivals in the Howard Springs facility as of Wednesday morning. Since repatriation flights to the Northern Territory began last October, 7746 international arrivals have undertaken quarantine at the Howard Springs Centre for National Resilience. A total of 124 positive Covid-19 cases have been reported from international repatriation over that period. The total number of cases diagnosed in the Northern Territory is 173. All cases have been related to international or interstate travel, with no cases of community transmission. MACKILLOP Catholic College LEAD WITH CDUAAliE