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COVID-19 update - Diamond Princess evacuees

The number of confirmed cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) among the Australian evacuees from the Diamond Princess today reached seven.

A Queenslander will remain in isolation overnight at the Howard Springs Manigurr-ma evacuation centre before being repatriated home by the Queensland Health team tomorrow.

Earlier today, four Australians flew from Darwin to their home states of Victoria and Queensland after returning positive tests for COVID-19.

"Under an arrangement with other jurisdictions, any evacuee in Manigurr-ma who tests positive is being medically transported to their home state for further care," Acting NT Chief Health Officer Dr Dianne Stephens said.

"Since receiving the evacuees from the Diamond Princess, seven Australians have returned positive results."

The cases include:

"Daily screening of all evacuees at Manigurr-ma continues and any positive cases are being repatriated to their home states," Dr Stephens said. 

"These repatriations are conducted under strict medical protocols and there is no risk of transmitting the infection to the wider community."

The 266 evacuees from Wuhan remain in good health and will start returning home tomorrow after a medical clearance.


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