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A new case of COVID-19 in Byron Bay has led to the lockdown of 84 people for seven days.

The confirmed case is at the Aquarius Backpackers in Byron Bay and according to local Greens MP Tamara Smith ‘NSW Health have locked down the venue and all 84 people are in a seven-day lockdown in the premises’.

‘I’m told being supported with food, health and support,’ she said.

Police monitoring Aquarius Backpackers Byron Bay. Photo Jeff Dawson

Police will be monitoring compliance of the 24/7 throughout the seven-day lockdown.

‘My thoughts are with everyone in that situation as it will be a tough time, and I will keep checking in to make sure that people are getting the support they need,’ said Ms Smith.

Extra cases for Ballina and Byron

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) also reported two COVID-19 cases to 8pm 23 November with one in Byron Bay and one in Ballina.

Aquarius Backpackers Byron Bay. Photo Jeff Dawson

‘One of these cases is in the Byron Local Government Area, a household contact of an existing case. The other case is in the Ballina LGA and is under investigation,’ said Wayne Jones, Chief Executive NNSWLHD.

‘Even if you are fully vaccinated you should get tested and isolate immediately if you don’t feel well, because the quicker we can identify any new cases, the quicker we’re able to identify your close contacts and help stop any onward transmission to other parts of our community.’

There are 500 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW. To find your nearest clinic visit the NSW Government website or contact your GP.

If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccination, you can find your closest clinic or make a booking at the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Finder.

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  1. So a lot of them will get covid in there? That will be an awful week for them locked in a covid backpackers. Scary. Look out Byron it’s coming.

  2. With an infection survivability rate of over 99% for the vast majority of us, scary is just plain fearmongering.

    Please leave that to the mainstream news.

    • Well that depends on what you determine”survivability” to mean..
      Long term lingering effects of this virus are well documented…which seem to effect a majority of the survivors for over months after their initial infection.

    • So Steve going to volunteer to help at the hostel as you are confident of its 99% survivability? No ppe, as unnecessary, same for the vax, good luck.

    • So it’s ok for even 1 percent to die, cause you don’t believe in science? What a scumbag attitude.
      Please get covid. Just stay away from the hospital when you do, your type of stupid doesn’t deserve modern medicine.

      • Oh Rob “a scumbag attitude” “Please get covid” wow mate, what a lovely fellow you must be, I only wish you well.

        Might pay to do educate yourself on some of the major organ issues vaccinated people are seeking treatment for in hospitals. You might have to speak directly with nurses and Dr’s, then won’t put it in writing (they get fired or called scumbags). Hint the definition of “rare” might need to change along with the definition of vaccine.

        So while there is short term emerging data on vaccine adverse reactions – there isn’t a scientist on the planet who will vouch for long term safety – there is no data.

        If you believe the science is settled on this, you might be a little disappointed in years to come if your mind is prized open with some unfortunate truths.

        Good luck and if you do get Covid, I hope it’s only very mild, as what occurs with the majority.

        But keep up your Vit D intake. 90% of folks who perish from C19 have very low levels of VitD3.

        Your welcome, all the best.

        • There’s plenty of short term data on deaths and damage done by infection, Steve. But you seem convinced that if you get it you’ll be fine. All good but you really do seem to be getting more desperate to convince yourself and everyone else with this unsubstantiated ‘fear mongering”. Why?

  3. It’s not just about survivability, Steve. 2% of the UK’s population has long COVID – not 2% of cases, 2% of the entire population – and given that we now know that the virus attacks blood vessels, we can reasonably expect that there could be some significant sting in the tail even for people who had mild illnesses.

  4. How is it that an unvaccinated person can even get on a plane in Melbourne? We have been told that the vaccination status of passengers at Ballina is checked on arrival, clearly this is not happening.

    • Being double jabbed doesn’t stop you from contracting or passing the virus onto others. It is odd that you assume any ‘cases’ must be unjabbed people, when so many double jabbed are contracting it. Recent studies show no difference in the viral load between the two groups. No wonder there is much opposition to the Vax Passports given they do nothing to limit the spread.

      • Dr of what, Michael? No it doesn’t work with 100% effectiveness but it does give you a more than reasonable chance of being infected – if you’re not infected, you don’t pass it on. Your observations are hardly earth shattering – they are repeated ad nauseum on these pages and must be one of the favourite dictums of Qanon.

  5. So what is the point of the vaccines when they spread the virus. Better to rely on your own immune system. That is why ‘Mother Nature’ gave us an immune system.
    Never will I agree to this lunatic narrative by our Governments. State & Federal.

    • Mother Nature also gives viruses pretty good infectious weapons – especially new ones that throw up problems for our totally unacquainted immune systems. Vaccines spread the virus – that’s a leap!

    • Serena the virus is alive and has its own Mother Nature’s immune system. The virus’s immune system has proved to be pretty successful in resisting and beating humans immune systems. You need to take care if you havent slept/eat well, had a trauma, stress, spent 3 days at a festival etc, as your immune system will be lowered

  6. They’re jabbed aren’t they? Well I bet they feel short changed…Got the jab and still being locked down…what a laugh. Hopefully the 200 million booster shots Greg Hunt has ordered will put and end to it? Lmao…

  7. Yes, Ms. Smith said all those things with an upward inflection on the end of every word. She makes Gladys sound like an orator!
    Excruciating. (and I’m a green veg)

  8. Byron shire must have a natural immunity to Covid 19 as I’ve only been asked to show a vaccine certificate when crossing into QLD, and today in a Lismore cafe where I wouldn’t be served without checking in and being vaccinated.
    I read today on mainstream news that the chance of getting Long Covid in breakthrough infection vaccinated people is the same as in unvaccinated. In Germany the govt has said by the end of the European winter, everyone will be either vaccinated, recovered, or dead.

  9. Will the guest and other staff be able to take legal action against the venue?
    That is if staff are supposed to be double vaxed and/or they have broken any laws effecting guest safety.


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