Northern Territory mine worker with COVID ‘lied to contact tracers’, Chief Minister says

A mine worker who examined constructive to COVID-19 has thrown plans to raise lockdown within the Northern Territory into jeopardy.

The man, aged in his 50s, breached a stay-at-home order and “lied about it”, Chief Minister Michael Gunner mentioned.

Contact tracers had initially ascertained the person spent 36 hours locally till Saturday evening.

But additional “interrogation” discovered this to be false and he as a substitute attended a nook retailer on the Sunday mid-afternoon.

“We discovered this exposure site after continuing to interrogate and review all possible information, including interviewing contacts and reviewing CCTV footage. The new exposure site is a casual contact exposure site,” Gunner mentioned.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner.
Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner. Credit: AARON BUNCH/AAPIMAGE

The retailer in query is the Stuart Park Corner Store on Westralia Street. He was there between 12.18pm and 12.35pm on Sunday, June 27.

It’s being listed as an informal contact, which means anybody who attended on the similar time ought to isolate and contact well being authorities for additional recommendation.

The man’s alleged dishonesty, Gunner mentioned, might alter plans to ease lockdown stretching from Darwin to Alice Springs on Friday.

Drivers line up for testing in Darwin.
Drivers line up for testing in Darwin. Credit: Helen Orr/Getty Images

“Don’t lie to authorities. Coronavirus is [about] absolute honesty,” he added.

“Just tell us your movements, we can trace your movements, we can keep the community safe.”

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