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The case travelled on Virgin Flight VA 1141 on September 18, leaving Sydney at 7.30am and arriving in Ballina at 8.45am. All passengers and crew are being contacted by NSW Health and will be required to get tested and self-isolate as instructed.

Acting Chief Executive Northern NSW Local Health District, Lynne Weir, says initial investigations indicate that this person has been infectious in the Byron, Ballina and Tweed areas between 18 and 20 September.

‘The person is not a resident of the Northern NSW Local Health District but is isolating and receiving care in the area.

‘Further contact tracing is currently underway, and we will provide updated information as soon as it is available, including any exposure venues of public concern.’

To 8pm on 19 September, there were no new confirmed cases among NNSWLHD residents.

Ms Weir said if you are directed to get tested for COVID-19 or self-isolate at any time, you must follow the rules given to you by Health staff, whether or not the venue or exposure setting is listed on the NSW Health website.

‘Anyone with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms is urged to immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.’

You can find testing clinics and their opening hours on the NSW government website at: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics or, you can also contact your GP.


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  1. No travelling from Sydney, but yeah sure you can definitely still fly around. Makes no sense for those of us doing the right thing. This country is a joke with their protocols

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