Lockdown on track to be lifted after NT records no COVID-19 cases for second day

A snap three-day lockdown for Darwin and Katherine is on track to be lifted tomorrow after the state recorded no new local COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said he was "fairly confident" but not certain the lockdown would end at midday tomorrow.

"At the moment, it's looking pretty sweet," Mr Gunner said.

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Darwin CBD during lockdown on August 16, 2021.

He said the government would work today on what restrictions would need to remain after stay-at-home orders were lifted.

It is likely Territorians will have to wear masks in public for the next week.

Confirmation is set to come tomorrow.

A total of 2128 people were tested yesterday in the Northern Territory, all of whom returned a negative result.

A man talks to a policeman outside a COVID-19 testing station at Marrara Sport Complex in Darwin.

A total of 81 close contacts are still in the NT, and all are in isolation, with all but one tested.

The untested case is a sailor on a ship offshore in international waters, who has been contacted.

Residents in Darwin and Katherine were plunged into the snap lockdown on Monday after a man who had travelled into Sydney from overseas and quarantined for 14 days, before coming to the NT for work, tested positive.

Five people 'enjoying some beverages' in Darwin fined

NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker said five people at an accommodation facility on Mitchell Street in Darwin had been fined for breaching lockdown orders.

He said the quintet had been gathered around the facility's pool, "enjoying some beverages".

"Doesn't fit the definition of exercise, as much as some would like it to," he said.

Another three people in quarantine were fined for leaving their balcony.

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