The Northern Territory news Fri 13 Aug 2021
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FRIDAY AUGUST 13 2021 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA AUSTRALIA has announced a new partnership with the US to develop precision strike missile technology capable of hitting targets at ranges of more than 400km in an effort to bolster Australias military capabilities. In a recent memorandum of understanding between the Australian Army and the US military, the two countries pledge to increase the lethality, range and target engagement of the missile under development. The US Armys Defence Exports and Co-operation deputy assistant secretary Elizabeth Wilson said the new missile agreement complements the US presence in the Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility. (The agreement) reinforces our dedication to allies in the Indo-Pacific and sets a path forward for US Army long-range precision fires in the region, she said. It came as Chinas mouthpiece, The Global Times warned of the USs increasing closeness to its Pacific allies. Australia strikes weapons deal HELENA BURKE THE Northern Territory needs to be prepared for an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta strain of Covid-19, our Chief Minister has warned, after the nations capital became the latest Australian city to be plunged into lockdown. Michael Gunner has warned Territorians that Australia is entering the most critical time of this pandemic, amid surging infections in Sydney. The biggest risk to Austra Chief warns to prepare lia right now is seeding of Covid from NSW to other states as a nation we have effectively welded the people of NSW into their state but we have already seen seeds in Victoria, Queensland and now the ACT, Mr Gunner said. It could happen any day here in the Territory that is a reality we have to accept. It is my biggest fear Covid would cause terrible havoc if it ever took off here. Mr Gunner urged Territorians to continue checking in to venues and booking appointments to get vaccinated. He also warned he would implement a harder lockdown than last time if there was another outbreak. Canberra on Thursday joined New South Wales and Greater Melbourne as hotspots declared by chief health officer Hugh Heggie. The declaration came into force at 4.30pm ACST and anyone who has arrived in the NT since August 5 will also be required to get a Covid-19 test and isolate until they receive a negative result. A total of four coronavirus cases were discovered in the capital on Thursday, sparking alarm and panic buying in the community. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr on Thursday announced the nations capital would be plunged into its first lockdown since the early days of the pandemic from 5pm AEST Thursday. This decision is the result of a positive case in the Territory, a case who has been infectious in the community, Mr Barr said. We also have positive wastewater detections around the ACT. We do not currently know the source of the infection but extensive investigation has been under way for many hours. Politicians with links to the Territory were caught offguard by the news on Thursday. The most high-profile casualty of the lockout was Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, who was earmarked to fly into the Top End on Thursday night. A spokesman for Mr Albanese confirmed the trip was cancelled amid the escalating Covid-19 crisis. Solomon MP Luke Gosling was forced to fly out of the nations capital before lockdown came into effect. CLP Senator Sam McMahon, who was in Canberra, has decided to stay put in the capital. A spokesman for Senator McMahon said it would be impractical for her to return to the Territory without quarantining in Howard Springs. Labor Senator Malarndirri McCarthy was spared from the scramble, having attended parliament virtually from Darwin. THOMAS MORGAN POLITICAL REPORTER Ulrike Ganske and Tom Vidins are ready for the CareFlight hangar ball. Picture: Glenn Campbell CAREFLIGHT is throwing a ball to raise funds to keep their vital rescue helicopter in the air. Guests to CareFlights Sunshine Club Hangar Ball will wine and dine in the medical retrievals hangar overlooking the Darwin Airport runway. CareFlight NT general manager Philip Roberts said the event was an important fundraiser to keep the CareFlight chopper running and to provide the advanced trauma teams with essential training and medical equipment. The chopper needs about $1m a year to keep it running. It provides a tier one response, its the highest priority response and its for us to get to those hard to reach situations, Mr Roberts said. He said the helicopter allowed medical teams to get to areas other aircraft couldnt, like a road crash or remote bushland. He said the chopper could also be called upon to assist in search and rescue missions. Charlie King and Amy Hetherington will host the evening as guests enjoy a threecourse meal. 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