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Keeping remote Indigenous communities safe from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

22 Mar 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading in Australia, the virus makes people sick. It can be dangerous, especially for our Elders or people who are already unwell.

Governments’ number one priority is to save lives by slowing the spread of coronavirus.

Travelling to other towns and cities could increase the chance of you and your family getting sick. The safest place for you to stay is in your own community.

To help keep people living in remote areas safe, governments will soon restrict the movement of people into these areas. Community members are encouraged to return to their own community as soon as possible. Once the restrictions are in place, community members will need to self-isolate for 14 days, outside of their community, before they can return.

People already in their own remote community should stay there unless it is essential to leave for medical treatment.  If you leave now, it is likely that you will need to self-isolate for 14 days before you can return home.

Governments are working hard to make sure essential services and supplies will continue to remote areas. 

We can all play a part in stopping the spread of the virus and keeping our communities strong.

More information is available on the NIAA website at

Information on how to protect yourself, what to do if you are concerned or feeling unwell and other important information is available on

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