The Northern Territory news Sat 31 Jul 2021
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SATURDAY JULY 31 2021 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Brisbane still clear PM Scott Morrison says 70 per cent of citizens need to be vaccinated for Covid recovery progress. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Martin Ollman TRAVELLERS from Brisbane remain in the clear despite yet another Covid-19 case in the Queensland capital. The NT News understands health authorities have decided not to make council areas in southeast Queensland hotspots. Queensland chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young said on Friday there had been 13 separate outbreaks of Covid-19 in the state, the latest involving a 17-year-old schoolgirl who tested positive. It comes as the Prime Minister announced Australia would move to the next phase of its Covid-19 recovery once 70 per cent of citizens were vaccinated. Scott Morrison said new targets, agreed to in principle by national cabinet on Friday, would give Australians a guideline of what needed to be achieved to return to normalcy. Australia will get this done by working together. The targets are there for us all to achieve and for us all to work towards, he said. Leaders were on Friday presented with data from the Doherty Institute that modelled what would occur when a certain percentage of the population was vaccinated, and what impact further outbreaks would have on the health system at that rate. Mr Morrison commissioned the modelling earlier this month after a meeting of the national cabinet where leaders agreed to a four-stage plan to reopen the nation and return to some sense of normality. The data, in conjunction with Treasury modelling around the cost of lockdowns, provided leaders with guidelines for trigger points to move into the next stage of the agreed-to four-stage plan. It comes as the outbreak in New South Wales continues to spread, with coronavirus traces found in sewage plants in Sydneys north, northwest, inner west and on the Central Coast, prompting fears the virus may be spreading undetected in those communities. Victoria recorded just three local cases on Friday, but the state is not out of the woods, with concern over several Covid-19 wastewater detections. A mystery case of Covid-19 has been linked to Victorias latest outbreak, but authorities are still scrambling to confirm how the man contracted the virus. There are seven active cases in the NT, all in Howard Springs. THOMAS MORGAN Hot and muggy July temps THE Territory faced a recordbreaking day on Friday as hot weather bore down on the Top End. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Jabiru recorded its warmest July day in 45 years reaching 36.8C Thursday and was likely to be broken again with 37C forecast for Friday and Saturday. It will be hot through the Kakadu and Litchfield National Park areas on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday with 35-36C forecast. Darwin Cup Day will be a hot and muggy 33C with the chance of a morning shower, though light winds will make for good boating conditions. The heat is forecast to peak on Saturday in the south, with the potential for more maximum temperature records to be broken. Alice Springs is forecast to reach 32C. Yulara and Finke will reach 29C and 31C, respectively. While it will feel very warm at the start of the weekend, a southerly cool change will quickly move in on Sunday and bring an end to the run of record temperatures in the south. Alice Springs will drop to 25C on Sunday in time for Picnic Day. PHILLIPPA BUTT Open Afternoon at Government House Friday 6 August 2021 | 3:00 - 6:30pm Her Honour the Honourable Vicki OHalloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory and Mr Craig OHalloran, invite Territorians and visitors to an Open Afternoon at Government House. Explore the historic State Rooms and iconic gardens, and enjoy entertainment, activities and refreshments from local community groups and organisations. govhouse.nt.gov.au Open Afternoon Government House Darwin GovHouseNT