The Northern Territory will host approximately 280 Australians who are being evacuated from China.
There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the NT.
Australia is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
During the last fortnight of heavy rain and strong winds, there have been six cases of Melioidosis reported in the Top End.
Everyone in the Top End, including residents, travellers and visitors, needs to be aware that recent rains have increased the threat of the potentially deadly disease, Melioidosis.
Residents along the northern NT coast are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquito bites, with mosquito numbers expected to increase following heavy rainfall and high tides associated with the monsoon.
Central Australians are being urged to protect themselves against influenza even though it is late in the flu season.
With a host of family gatherings, parties and barbeques with mates and work colleagues over the festive season, it is important to follow food safety tips to avoid your family members, friends or other guests getting food poisoning and ruining Christmas!
Snakes are on the move in the NT. While the peak activity period runs from September to April, they are always a danger.
Territorians are being reminded to ensure they are fully immunised against measles before travelling over the school holiday period, as cases continue to occur in Australia and much of the rest of the world.