Coronavirus case confirmed in Byron Bay

A man in Byron Bay has tested positive to COVID-19, sparking concerns of exposure in New South Wales and Queensland border towns.

NSW Health confirmed the case, a man in his 50s, this morning after unconfirmed reports an infected person from Queensland travelled to the popular beach town.

Contact tracing is now underway.

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Byron Bay has been flagged as a potential exposure site after unconfirmed reports an infectious person from Queensland travelled there.

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"As a precaution everybody who is in the following local government areas should immediately isolate and have a COVID-19 test if they have even the mildest of symptoms: Byron Shire, Richmond Valley, Tweed, Lismore, Kyogle and Ballina," NSW Health said.

Earlier today, when asked about the potential development, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said: "We're starting to hear some issues around that."

She said her team was waiting to "get more information" from their NSW counterparts.

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The traveller may have also spent time in Lismore, a NSW town 45 kilometres west of Byron, while they were infectious.

More to come

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