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NT records first COVID-19 death

The Northern Territory has recorded its first death from COVID-19.

The unvaccinated woman in her 70s was from Binjari Aboriginal community, about 330km south of Darwin.

There are 60 cases in the territory’s current outbreak.

The fatality comes a day after the virus was detected in another remote community, with a 45-year-old man diagnosed in Lajamanu about 900km northwest of Alice Springs, near the Western Australia border.

Lajamanu is the third Aboriginal community to become infected.

The outbreak started when an infected woman illegally entered the NT in late October.

The 21-year-old lied on her border entry form before travelling from Cairns to Darwin after visiting Victoria, where she contracted the virus.

She infected a man in Darwin before the virus spread to Katherine, then the Aboriginal communities of Robinson River, Binjari and Lajamanu.

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