Lockdowns in Remote Communities Could Spark Serious Mental Health Issues: Police Commissioneron November 22, 2021 at 5:03 am

Northern Territory Police Commissioner Jamie Chalkner has warned that hard lockdowns in the communities of Binjari and Rockhole, both on the outskirts of Katherine, may have a serious effect on the mental health of residents. This comes after Chief Minister Michael Gunner ordered lockdowns for the two communities on Saturday night following the detection of nine new COVID-19 cases in Binjari, a community of around 220 people 18 kilometres southwest of Katherine. Residents must stay at home and can only leave for medical reasons or if there is an emergency. Widespread overcrowding, however, may be an issue. “We’re conscious of the fact that this can have some impacts on people’s mental health as well as their general well being,” Police Commissioner Chalker told NT News.  Food and essential services have been provided to the two communities, and a Rapid Assessment Team is on the ground assisting with testing and vaccinations. …

Steve Milne

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