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US Marine in Darwin tests positive for coronavirus

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A US Marine has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Northern Territory, officials have confirmed.

A US Marine has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Northern Territory, officials have confirmed.

The 21-year-old - part of the new US Marines deployment - was tested while in quarantine at Robertson Barracks in Darwin after arriving in Australia.

He is currently being treated at Darwin Hospital.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the marine had no contact with the public.

"Complying with the current guidelines, the man has been in quarantine on barracks in Darwin since arrival. He has had no contact with the public," he said.

"The man is now under the care of Royal Darwin Hospital in isolation."

NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the marine disembarked through the military side of Darwin Airport after landing.

A Department of Defence spokesman said the man was part of the third group of US Marines who arrived on Wednesday, to take part in this year's Marine Rotational Force-Darwin visit.

"In line with established processes and the agreed plans for MRF-D, the marine will be taken to the Royal Darwin Hospital by Northern Territory Health patient transport for assessment. The marine is currently asymptomatic.

"Due to the strict procedures put in place before the arrival of the marines, the marine has had no direct contact with the general community."

The spokesman said all US personnel in Darwin will be tested again before leaving quarantine.

All 32 cases of COVID-19 in the NT are related to international or interstate travel.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-us-marine-in-darwin-at-robertson-barracks-tests-positive-while-in-quarantine/db9d3653-d653-482c-879e-e5be282294f3

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