Two new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the Northern Territory on Monday (November 29), bringing the total number of cases linked to the Katherine cluster to 58.

Both patients are household contacts of known cases within the Aboriginal community of Binjari, located about 15 minutes from Katherine.

One is a 17-year-old girl from the Binjari community who was already quarantining at Howard Springs, while the other is a 19-year-old Binjari woman who tested positive within the community.

NT’s Health Minister Natasha Fyles said because Binjari remains in a hard lockdown neither case posed significant risk to the broader community.

Minister Fyles also confirmed a repatriation flight traveller to Darwin has tested positive for the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles speaking at press conference

NT’s Acting Chief Health Officer Charles Pain said he was “not overly concerned” about the arrival of the Omicron variant.

NT Acting CHO Charles Pain speaking at a press conference