Breaking: A worker at a mine in the middle of Australia has tested positive for the virus, officials say.

A worker at a Northern Territory gold mine in the middle of the Australian outback tested positive Saturday.

The worker is employed at the US company Newmont’s gold mine in the Tanami Desert. That’s about 540 km north west of Alice Springs, basically ‘in the middle of nowhere’.

The man may have caught the virus in either Victoria or Queensland, where he transited before arriving at the mine.

Based on testing, the man is believed to have caught COVID in hotel quarantine in Brisbane.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the worker was potentially infectious from 18 June to 24 June.

Its estimated some 900 workers have already left the mine and are being told to get tested and isolate, Gunner said.

“We are confident we know all of the people who have moved in and out of the mine site.”We are asking all 900 to identify where they are isolating, where they have travelled to another jurisdiction, we will advise that jurisdiction.”