The daily number of COVID-19 infections reported in the Northern Territory has dropped significantly with 352 new cases recorded.
Wednesday’s figure brings the total number of active cases to around 2,700, the equivalent of just over one percent of the 250,730 people.
Twenty-eight of them are hospitalized, including 16 patients classified as acute with severe symptoms, including one in intensive care.
That’s four fewer patients than Tuesday when 32 people were reportedly hospitalized with the virus.
The remote communities of Yuendumu and Yuelamu, about 295 km northwest of Alice Springs, remain locked out until Saturday and six other people tested positive overnight.
This brings the total number of viral infections in the low-immunized Yuendumu to 24, all of whom are in close contact in quarantine.
Meanwhile, five other people were fined $ 5,024 each for violating COVID-19 sanitary instructions during a protest against a business that was closed for failing to follow sanitary instructions.
About 70 people gathered at the Darwin Company on Monday as a nationwide lockdown of unvaccinated people was in place.
The five people fined are also accused of resuming the activity on Tuesday.
It was ordered to close on Friday after investigators found owners and staff had failed to comply with the vaccination mandate and workers were not wearing masks.
NT police did not specify what the activists’ violations were, but they are understood to include the failure to wear a face mask.
Five other people who demonstrated were fined Tuesday.
The NT detected 594 new cases Tuesday, 403 Monday, 481 Sunday and 594 Saturday.
The NT government has been contacted for comment.