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Mr Gunner said health authorities expect to get the results of the genomic sequencing for cluster two today.

“This will be extremely important as it will confirm if clusters one and two are linked. Our belief remains that they are most likely linked,” he said.

Mr Gunner said the vaccination rate of 71 per cent in Katherine is concerning.

“We need to see a lift in the vaccination rates in Katherine,” he said.

“I understand the issue may be a mobility one and we’re tasking the local team to provide options today. I have asked for on the ground advice. I have seen a photo of a queue to our clinic. It may be that people were prioritising testing and this will shift to vaccinations today.”

He has urged Katherine residents to encourage others to get vaccinated.

All 173 residents of Robinson River have been tested for the virus, and most have been vaccinated.

“Only 15 people remain to receive a first dose in Robinson River. I understand they all want to be vaccinated today,” Mr Gunner said.

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