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September 29, 2021

Detection in Byron sewage and masks on when outdoors next week

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Byron sewage detection

Although the Northern NSW Local Health District announced on social media this morning that fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected in the Byron Bay sewage treatment plant, Deputy Premier John Barilaro said he had no knowledge of that information in his daily regional update at 1pm.

Mr Barilaro said that such a detection was not too concerning at this stage. ‘Remembering that you (Byron Bay) had those three people that visited the area, there could be fragments leftover from that.

Mr Barilaro said that a positive sewage test was not enough, on its own, to extend a lockdown, and not enough to stop the area coming out of lockdown next weekend.

‘We’re not that trigger happy. You’d only put any area into lockdown if there is then also a confirmed case. If you lower the benchmark to lockdown off the back of a single detection, we would be locked down forever.

‘If a case has been active in the community and there are exposure sites, then that would lead to a decision for a lockdown.’

Mr Barilaro said that there was a possibility of LGAs within regions being open to each other.

‘I don’t want to keep areas locked down that have no cases, it’s that simple. It just is unfair, and it’s got to be measured against risk versus the mental well being of people being locked down, and the impact it has on long term impacts on businesses.

‘So hopefully we can open up regions, as long as you remain in those regions. Fingers crossed, I’m able to lift all the restrictions in regional rural New South Wales, and only keep those small number of LGAs locked down that are of concern, to give everybody freedom across the rest of the state.’

There were no new cases of COVID-19 reported today in Northern NSW.

NNSWLHD is urging people in the Byron Bay area to get tested if they have even mild symptoms.

 


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