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Northern Territory closely watching Western Australia's alcohol restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic

Northern Territory closely watching Western Australia's alcohol restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic  9News

The Northern Territory Government will closely monitor new alcohol restrictions introduced by Western Australia, to prevent panic buying and excessive drinking during the coronavirus pandemic.

Yesterday, WA Premier Mark McGowan announced temporary restrictions for purchasing takeaway alcohol, which will be implemented for a two week period, before being reviewed.

WA residents will now only be allowed to purchase the following per day, per person:

  • 1 case of beer, cider of pre-mixed spirits; or
  • 3 bottles of wine; or
  • 1 litre or spirits; or
  • 1 litre of fortified wine

Residents are permitted to buy a combination of any two of the above, but not two of the same product.

"This is an area that is being watched closely," Health Minister Natasha Fyles said.

"We have seen other jurisdictions make changes, we're not planning at this stage but we are certainly watching this like we're watching a number of aspects."

Natasha Fyles said there were no current plans in place to implement alcohol restrictions. (Nine)
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At this stage, the Northern Territory has not introduced alcohol restrictions, to cope with COVID-19.

"Anything is under consideration to protect Territorians to keep them healthy, but right now there is no active planning to change the alcohol policies that we have in the Territory," she said.

It came as the Northern Territory confirmed its eighth case of coronavirus.

"This was a 72-year-old and a 73-year-old couple, that had recently returned to Darwin," Ms Fyles said.

"They travelled from New York, via Sydney and arrived in Darwin after lunch on Monday.

The pair touched down into Darwin on flight QF840.

A statement from the Health Department said the couple had followed all isolation protocols and presented to Royal Darwin Hospital after becoming unwell.

They are in isolation, and contract tracing is underway.  A Territorian also tested positive yesterday afternoon in New South Wales.

The man, aged in his 60s, was a passenger on board the Ruby Princess cruise ship. He is being monitored by NSW health staff.

"We have not seen any cases of community transmission in the Northern Territory yet," Ms Fyles said.

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