no current plans
A US marine has tested positive to coronavirus in Darwin.
Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the 21-year-old Marine arrived in the city a few days ago on a charter flight.
She said the Marine had very minimal contact with any residents after he travelled through the military side of Darwin airports to the Robinson barracks.
“The man has been in quarantine since his arrival in Darwin on 8 July,” NT chief minister, Michael Gunner told reporters.
All 32 cases of COVID-19 in the NT are related to international or interstate travel, with no cases of community transmission.
The original rotation of about 2,500 marines was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds gave approval for the reduced contingent in May.
On Okinawa, the Marines on Thursday would not specify how many people tested positive, only that they fell under the status of forces agreement and were on installations that comprise the widespread Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler.
The deployment will culminate in exercise Koolendong in September with Australian Defence Force units.