Northern Territory nursing homes and community health services have seen an increase in cases of coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses.
Key points:Nursing homes have seen cases of respiratory illness rise by about 20% over the past yearNursings homes and services have been closed due to coronavirusesThe number of respiratory illnesses has been on the rise since MarchA total of 24 nursing homes in the NT have reported respiratory illness in the past month, according to the NT Health Department.
Nursers have been notified to close down their facilities and return to home, and some facilities have closed for maintenance work, the NT health department said.
It is a significant increase from the 24 nursing home cases reported in March, which was around a third of the total number of cases in the Northern Territories over the same period.
The number and type of respiratory infections are different between Northern Territory and the rest of Australia.
For example, the rate of cases at a Northern Territory hospital is higher than in the rest-of-Australia, with a hospital case rate of 12.5 per 100,000 people compared with a national rate of 2.5.
The Northern Territory is the only region in Australia where coronaviral illnesses are occurring as well as in the community.
But there is no clear link between the Northern Australian and national outbreaks.
The NT Health department said the increase in respiratory illness is a reflection of the high rate of hospitalisation.
“There are many factors that are driving the increase and that is the high number of people with respiratory illnesses in the population and the fact that people are coming to hospital and having to stay overnight,” NT Health Minister John Naughton said.
The health department has also identified the cause of the respiratory illness: coronaviraute virus.
“Covid-19 is a virus that is circulating in the air and we don’t know what causes it, but we do know that it’s a very contagious virus and there are very high rates of coronasiosis,” Dr Naughtson said.
He said the coronavirotic virus is responsible for the increased cases of hospitalisations in the region.
“We have had a significant rise in coronaviremia in the northern region and in the western region of the Northern Australia, and we have had an increase that is quite unprecedented,” Dr Darryl Dutton said.
“I think there are a number of reasons for that and there is a number that we are trying to understand.”
And we are going to work with our coronavariasis community to identify those and then we will work with the community to see what can be done.
“Covids and coronavirosis have similar symptoms, but they can also be caused by the same virus.
The first signs of respiratory disease can be caused when people breathe in the infected air or catch a cold.
People with respiratory symptoms are at higher risk of developing pneumonia, and coronasitis can cause pneumonia, sepsis and septic shock.
There are a range of respiratory conditions including COPD, pneumonia, bronchitis and emphysema.
People can also get pneumonia if they catch a viral infection such as influenza, which can cause severe pneumonia.
The coronavadavirus pandemic is currently affecting more than 400,000 Australians and is believed to have cost $10 billion.
It has also spread to other countries, including South Africa, India and China.
In Australia, the number of deaths from coronavids has risen by more than 80% since March, with the peak coming in February.
There were 5,621 coronavid deaths in Australia in April, a figure that is now higher than the peak recorded in September 2013.
The latest figures show coronavaccine deaths have fallen by more people since the beginning of the coronasian pandemic.
The government has said the deaths of more than 4,500 people were the worst ever recorded, with 2,300 people dying from COVID-19 in March.
More than 7,300 Australians have died from COID-19.