NSW records no new COVID-19 cases after Byron virus scare

Health Authorities in NSW are breathing a slight sigh of relief today, with no new COVID-19 cases detected in the community.

It’s an encouraging sign for the state after more than 7000 people came forward for testing in the past 24 hours.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said while no new local cases have been recorded today, she “wouldn’t be surprised” if cases did pop up over the coming days.


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“I know that we hope that we do not have any cases arise in New South Wales but I would not be surprised if we did, so we must brace ourselves,” The Premier said.

It comes after two Brisbane women crossed the border into NSW at the weekend while unknowingly infected with COVID-19.

The women attended a hens party in the popular tourist town, with another five people who were at the celebration also testing positive to the virus in Queensland today.

As a result, a number of Byron Bay venues have been put on alert, including the Byron Beach Hotel, Suffolk Beachfront Holiday Park women’s communal toilets, Mokha Café, The Farm Byron Bay, and Betty’s Burgers.

Anyone who was at the below venues during the affected times is being told to immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days.

While anyone who attended the venues listed below is considered a casual contact, and must get tested and isolate until they receive a negative result.

“We’re asking everybody to be alert, to make sure you get tested if you have the mildest of symptoms and, of course, if you’ve been to Brisbane since 20 March, please make sure you continue to update yourself on the venues which the Queensland Government have stated have been attended by infected persons,” Ms Berejiklian said.

If you’ve come back since 20 March and the Queensland government said that Brisbane residents have to be in lockdown for three days, have you to follow that here in New South Wales”.

The Premier has reassured residents that the NSW Government is “very confident” they have provisions in place to “get on top of it if any cases are revealed”.

“Dr Chant is in regular contact with Queensland authorities, but suffice to say we are expecting more cases from Queensland and hopefully most of those cases will be people in isolation, although we have to assume this is an evolving situation”.

At this stage, NSW has decided to keep the border open to Queensland, however, residents are being advised not to travel to Brisbane or Byron Bay.

“We want to continue the path that we’re on in New South Wales. But I want to say the situation is evolving and if cases are identified in New South Wales, we will have to respond,” the Premier said.

“I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that but, given that we did have two infected people at a number of venues in New South Wales, we should brace ourselves. 

“But please know that our health authorities, all of our government experts, are doing everything we can to get on top of any situation which might arise in New South Wales and to give our residents confidence that what we’re doing is keeping them safe.”

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