NT COVID outbreak traps Binjari and Rockhole community residents in two weeks of hard lockdown in hot and overcrowded homes – ABC News

A man stands in his living room in Rockhole.

The first thing Kevin Rogers wants you to know about his home community of Rockhole is that it’s a “wonderful place”. Key points: A Rockhole resident will spend a hard lockdown confined to an overcrowded and old home The small community near Katherine could be in lockdown for “weeks” after COVID-19 was discovered in a neighbouring community The Australian and NT governments disagree over who is responsible for new housing in homelands like Rockhole “Rockhole is about 13 kilometres from Katherine township along the Katherine River,” he said. “It’s a quiet place, it’s a wonderful place. “We have families, kids running around — more kids than adults.” The Aboriginal community of around 130 people is now in a hard lockdown after nine COVID-19 cases were discovered in neighbouring Binjari, just on the other side of the river. No-one in either community is allowed to leave their homes or their yards. The outbreak now stands at 35, with three people in hospital.

Source: NT COVID outbreak traps Binjari and Rockhole community residents in two weeks of hard lockdown in hot and overcrowded homes – ABC News

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