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news.com.au 21 Nov, 2021 10:00 am

Indigenous populations hit hard by Covid-19 as Northern Territory locks down

Indigenous populations hit hard by Covid-19 as Northern Territory locks down
It is the one group of Australians leaders were desperate to protect.

But now, as the Northern Territory Government braces for “many more cases” after announcing nine new Covid-19 infections in the small Binjari community in Katherine, authorities are scrambling to protect the vulnerable Indigenous population from the devastating Delta strain.” Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has warned to ‘brace for many more cases’.Picture: Dan Himbrechts/Getty Images Up until now, the Northern Territory has been largely spared from Covid cases with state border rules helping keep the virus at bay.In response, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced last Wednesday that the Australian Government was effectively shutting down parts of the Northern Territory in a bid to contain the crisis.

Drive-through Covid testing at Katherine Hospital as the Northern Territory battles to stop the virus spreading through Indigenous communities.The Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) reported that the mortality rate among Indigenous people was 16 per cent higher than among non-Indigenous Brazilians.

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