The Lismore local government area is being plunged back into lockdown after a positive COVID case was detected in the community/
Albury in southern New South Wales is also going back into lockdown.
The seven-day lockdown will begin at 6pm on Thursday night and comes just days after the regions came out of the statewide lockdown.
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A student from a school in Goonellabah in northern New South Wales was confirmed on Wednesday as being positive with New South Wales Health listing several exposure sites in Lismore and Evans Head.
“Can I say that I express my sadness to the local community that having been free of that for a little while they have to go back into lockdown but it is for your safety and the community’s safety more broadly,” NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.
“Health has made a decision that the period of lockdown initially will be seven days. The reason for that is to try and get a handle on what exactly is going on in the local areas.”
It’s not clear yet what this means for the border bubble with Queensland with authorities in the Sunshine State expected to remove Lismore from the bubble.
“We will work with the cross-border commissioner. We’ve opened up the Tweed. We worked hard with Deputy Premier Miles to lift restrictions and put in place a border bubble,” NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.
“We’ll reach out to Queensland and make sure we have the information but we’ve made a decision to lock down an area for the health and protection of that community and we’ll now work around what happens with the bubble.”
Officials have also confirmed a case has been detected in Glen Innes which also threatens the border bubble.
A decision on locking down that region is yet to be made.
New South Wales recorded 1351 new cases and twelve further deaths.
The number of people who have contracted the virus across the state since the beginning of the current outbreak has now surpassed 15,000.
There are now 1231 patients being treated in hospital for COVID.
Of those, 231 are in ICU with 108 being ventilated.