Covid NSW: Sydney man who triggered Byron lockdown charged

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A 52-year-old Covid positive Sydney man who travelled to Byron Bay sparking a lockdown in the region will be charged in his hospital bed with breaching public health orders.

Zoran Radovanovic from Rose Bay in Sydney's east, will be served with a court attendance notice at Lismore Base Hospital on Wednesday, where he is being treated for Covid-19.

Police allege he travelled with his two children to the beach town on the NSW north coast from Sydney last month without a reasonable excuse and in violation of public health orders.

Scenes at the Covid Testing Centre in Byron Bay, NSW as residents are urged to be tested for Covid-19 after fragments of the virus were detected in the town. Source: AAP
NSW Health said 3,000 Covid tests were carried out over the past 24 hours in the locked down LGAs of Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and Richmond Valley. Source: AAP

The man and his children were circulating in the area for days before testing positive for Covid-19. The cases plunged Byron Bay and surrounding areas into a seven-day lockdown on Monday with various exposure sites listed by NSW Health.

Mr Radovanovic has been granted strict conditional bail and will appear in Lismore Court on September 13.

Byron Bay on alert as new exposure sites listed

A Woolworths store, coffee shop and massage clinic in Byron Bay are among dozens of new covid exposure sites listed by health authorities on Wednesday afternoon. 

The venues of concern stretch from Byron Bay and the Northern Rivers, down to Newcastle and out to Dubbo. 

Anyone who visited the following places at the times listed must get tested and self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of the result:

  • Byron Massage Clinic, 6/4 Bay Lane Byron Bay, Monday 2 August, 10am to 11am and Wednesday 4 August,10.45am to 12pm

  • Westpac ATM, 73 Johnson Street Byron Bay, Tuesday 3 August, 1.30pm to 1.45pm

  • Success Thai Food, 3/31 Lawson Street Byron Bay, Tuesday 3 August, 1.15pm to 1.45pm and Friday 6 August, 4.45pm to 5.15pm

  • Butcher Baker Cafe, 13 Byron Street Byron Bay, Thursday 5 August, 11.15am to 11.45am

  • Sparrow Coffee, 1A/32-34 Byron Street, Byron Bay, Thursday 5 August 6.45am to 7.15am

  • Woolworths, 106 Johnson Street Byron Bay, Saturday 7 August 12.45pm to 1.45pm

For a full list, click here. 

Dubbo to enter snap week-long lockdown

It comes as the NSW government announced Dubbo would also enter a snap one week lockdown on Wednesday afternoon.

The NSW Hunter, Byron Bay, Armidale and Tamworth areas are also enduring snap lockdowns. The federal government on Wednesday added Tamworth and Armidale to the areas eligible for Covid disaster payments.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Dubbo's lockdown would begin at 1pm on Wednesday after a woman in her 40s and a young child from the same household tested positive to Covid-19.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian addresses media during a press conference in Sydney, Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Source: AAP
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced Dubbo is the latest area to be placed into lockdown as the state's outbreak continues to spread into the regions. Source: AAP

About 38,000 people living in Dubbo and surrounds were already on high alert after authorities found fragments of the virus in wastewater in Dubbo and nearby Mudgee at the weekend, and Dubbo West Public School was closed on Wednesday after a case there.

The premier also foreshadowed the Hunter New England region, which had 14 cases overnight, would remain in lockdown.

"The Hunter doesn't look like it will come out of lockdown later this week, however we will wait on health advice," she said.

There were more "positive signs" for Armidale, Tamworth and the Northern Rivers, where no new cases were recorded.

NSW Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant said the source of the Dubbo cases was being investigated.

"The community has been responding to testing but we need to redouble efforts so we can identify the source," she said.

Dr Chant was scathing about reports people were travelling from Sydney to the regions to be vaccinated.

"I am appalled that people would think, at this point in time, that is okay," she said.

"I don't see that is a reasonable reason to travel many hours for that."

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