Border bubble at risk over northern NSW exposure sites

There are growing fears that the border bubble will burst just a week after it was re-established, following the detection of a Covid infection in northern New South Wales.

The Sydney-sider was infectious while visiting the Tweed, Byron and Ballina between Saturday and Monday.

Kingscliff Beach Hotel has been identified as a close contact venue, between 4.00 am and 9.00 pm on Sunday, September 19.


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Authorities are now contact tracing, with all close contacts being placed into isolation.

The person was able to fly up from Sydney into Ballina on an exemption as an authoritised worker, says NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro confirmed on Sunrise.

“It was part of their employment – they had all the approvals to leave Sydney and they did so and they followed all the rules.

“But unfortunately, these things happen. Once they arrived, further testing found they’re unwell, and this individual was picked up as someone who’s got the virus.

“We’re considering it (lockdown) this morning, NSW Health will look at the details in relation to movements and exposure sites, not just in Byron but in Ballina and Tweed.

“We know that there was a lot of movement by this individual, as part of their work. So we’ll evaluate this morning, and we’ll have more to say at 11 o’clock if decisions are made,” Mr Barilaro said.

All eyes will be on New South Wales authorities this morning, to see whether or not the Tweed goes back into lockdown.

If that happens, it will likely mean the border bubble closes once again, further devastating the southern Gold Coast and Tweed area.

Earlier article: COVID case confirmed in northern New South Wales