NT Minister for Health Natasha Fyles has confirmed that the Katherine lockdown will be lifted at midday on Friday, August 20.
The snap lockdown, which was scheduled to end at midday yesterday, was extended by NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner due to the index case having been most infectious whilst in the Katherine area.
"That extra 24 hours has given us confidence," Ms Fyles said.
"Katherine has had outstanding numbers with one in eight residents being tested for COVID-19."
While the lockdown has been lifted, residents will be required to observe a number of rules until August 26 including the wearing of masks, maintaining a 1.5 metre distance between others as well as no more than 10 people at a gathering.
The most recent samples of Katherine wastewater have also returned a negative result, however authorities will continue to monitor the situation.
Of the 2,338 tests that were conducted in the past 24 hours, all have remained negative as have tests of 89 close contacts and 646 casual contacts.
"We have had outstanding compliance across the Top End and outstanding test results," Ms Fyles said.
"People do need to remain vigilant, particularly to their personal health."
Approximately three thousand COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the NT with fifty-nine per cent having received their first dose, 46 per cent with a remote address and 40 per cent having received their second dose.
"Vaccinations are the best way for the NT and our communities to go back to life as we knew it," Ms Fyles said.
"There are plenty of appointments available, head to the website and book in."
During the announcement, Minister for Small Business Paul Kirby welcomed a $12.5 million NT and Commonwealth Government scheme which will support tourism and hospitality businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
"The package is to acknowledge that tourism and hospitality businesses have been hit harder than most others," Mr Kirby said.
"It will mean businesses can apply in the first instance for up to three thousand dollars in support if they can prove a loss of 30 per cent of trade.
"We know nothing can replace the amount of people these businesses will have lost but it's an acknowledgement that we can do better to help and that we are prepared to get funding on the table to assist these businesses."
The package will be available from August 25.
More to come.
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