US marines have been arriving in the Northern Territory since June.(Supplied: Department of Defence)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelA US marine has tested positive for coronavirus in the Northern Territory, the NT Health Minister has confirmed.Key points:The Health Minister says the case presented only a "very low risk" to the communityUS marines have been arriving in the NT as part of an annual rotationThe rotation was delayed in March, but ultimately went ahead with a smaller contingentThe marine has been transferred from quarantine at Darwin's Robertson Barracks to Royal Darwin Hospital..NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles said health authorities would "make decisions working with United States authorities about what is the best care" for the patient.Ms Fyles said the marine arrived in the Northern Territory "a few days ago" and disembarked through the military side of Darwin Airport.Ms Fyles said the marine had potentially had "very, very minimal contact" with any Territorians.The marine was in Darwin as part of the US Marine Corps' Marine Rotational Force, hosted in the Northern Territory.Coronavirus live news: Follow all the latest information in our blog. US Marines have been screened and tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in Darwin since June.(Supplied: Department of Defence)The contingent of about?1,200 US marines has been arriving in the Northern Territory in groups in a staggered deployment since June.All the arrivals are subject to a two-week quarantine period at an Australian Defence Force facility in Darwin.The original rotation of about 2,500 marines was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.Defence Minister Linda Reynolds gave approval for the reduced contingent in May.Read more about coronavirus:These countries had widespread community transmission before a lockdownWe asked scientists what to do about the Victorian border. They had a surprising answerNT Chief Health Officer Hugh Heggie said he was not aware of any plans to cancel Defence deployments or the arrival of the remaining marines due to join the Northern Territory's marine rotation by August."We do have these cohorts that come on a regular basis and we'll see more coming in the coming months as we do every year with the dry season," Dr Heggie said.Ms Fyles said the detection of the case showed the quarantine systems in place for the marines were working well. "Our processes worked here and when we talk about the new normal, we've had marine rotations for many many years, that strong enduring relationship with Defence presence going back to World War II," she said."We agreed to host these rotations but with measures in place to protect Territorians." Ms Fyles said the US marine arrived in the NT a few days ago.(ABC News: Alan Dowler)The new case brings the total number of coronavirus cases recorded in the Northern Territory to 32.Ms Fyles said the case presented only a "very low risk" to the Northern Territory community."This is not someone who has been mixing in our community and this is not a case of community transmission," she said."This is an individual who arrived in Darwin on a charter flight, they went through the military side of Darwin airport and they have been in quarantine."So there is a very low risk to Territorians, but it is important for them to note that another case has been diagnosed in the Northern Territory."Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreakDownload the ABC News app and subscribe to our range of news alerts for the latest on how the pandemic is impacting the worldThe case follows the positive diagnosis on July 2 of a Darwin local who had flown home via Brisbane from a virus hotspot in Melbourne.That positive result was the first time the Northern Territory had recorded a coronavirus case since April 6.What you need to know about coronavirus:The symptomsThe number of cases in AustraliaGlobal cases, deaths and testing rates
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