There are growing fears Melbourne’s COVID-19 outbreak has spread further across NSW, after a person who flew into Ballina on Sunday tested positive to the virus.
The person touched down in Ballina from Melbourne on Jetstar flight
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant confirmed the worrying case on Thursday morning.
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It’s understood the passenger was also screened upon arriving at Ballina Airport and went straight into 14-day isolation.
Contact tracing is now underway in a bid to track down everyone who was on board the flight, with Dr Chant confirming
It comes following recent concerns Victorians have been trying to dodge the border restrictions by flying into Ballina in NSW as a way to easily make their way into Queensland.
That was before the sunshine state’s new border declaration system kicked in on July 3, requiring anyone who has been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the past two weeks to declare it, or face copping a $4003 fine.
At this stage, all of Victoria and two local government areas in NSW, including Liverpool and Campbelltown, have been banned from entering Queensland.
The Ballina plane passenger was one of 10 new cases of coronavirus recorded in NSW in the past 24 hours.
Of those, six are linked to the cluster from the Crossroads Hotel in south-west Sydney, while three are still under investigation.
Residents living in the virus hotspots are again being urged to come forward and get tested.
“Now is not a time for complacency,” Dr Chant said.
“People tend to think their social networks or social groups aren’t the ones that are going to infect them, but the data tells differently.”
The state total now stands at