A mask mandate in the town of Katherine has been extended until 5pm on Monday as authorities continue to test for COVID-19 in wastewater samples.

It is the second time the mandate has been extended after positive wastewater results prompted the Northern Territory government to extend the previous deadline for a further 24 hours.

On Friday, the NT government said traces of coronavirus were detected in the Katherine Golf Club and the Bicentennial Road catchments on November 10 and 11.

The government is yet to release its latest wastewater results, but on Saturday, Acting Chief Health Officer Anthony Carpenter issued the latest COVID-19 direction.

There have been no known coronavirus cases or close contacts identified in Katherine. 

However, authorities said testing numbers on Thursday and Friday were low, and urged residents with even the mildest COVID symptoms to come forward and get tested immediately.

People in Katherine have been urged to wear a mask when they are unable to maintain social distancing, including in shopping centres and on public transport.

Masks must also be worn at restaurants, cafes and pubs except for when eating or drinking.

People are not required to wear a mask while exercising or playing sport.

One new COVID case has been recorded in the NT in the past 24 hours: a woman in her 20s who arrived on an international flight via Sydney on November 5. 

Authorities said she did not pose a risk to the broader community, as she has been self-isolating at Howard Springs quarantine facility near Darwin and was not infectious during her flight.

A positive wastewater result was also detected for Leanyer/Sanderson sewage treatment plant in Darwin’s northern suburbs on Friday.

But the NT government said it “may be linked to confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently in quarantine”, noting that there was “no cause for alarm for Darwin residents”.

A mask mandate that was in place since last Friday in Greater Darwin has now been lifted.

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