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Melbourne man in his 20s tests positive for coronavirus in Sydney

Melbourne man in his 20s tests positive for coronavirus at Sydney holiday park – after driving 14 hours in a CARAVAN to beat the border closure in a ‘troubling’ case

A man in his 20s who travelled to Sydney from Victoria with a caravan in tow has tested positive to coronavirus. 

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced the positive COVID-19 test on Friday, declaring it a ‘troubling case’. 

Mr Hazzard said the man travelled 14 hours into the city ‘in the last few days’ and tested positive in the Sutherland area, southern Sydney. 

‘Quite a long drive, 14 hours straight through, so I am told, and he is now here, I thank him for coming forward,’ he said.  

‘I encourage others in a similar situation that may have come from Victoria or Melbourne particularly to make sure you are on high alert.’

Mr Hazzard said he would not yet name the caravan park as NSW Health continues to investigate the case.  

‘We are looking at what other measures might be necessary for others in and around that caravan park, but obviously first of all there needs to be questioning to understand what his contacts might have been,’ Mr Hazzard said. 

The NSW-Victoria border was shut at 11.59pm on Tuesday for the first time in 101 years, as Victoria battles a second wave of coronavirus infections. 

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said health authorities are still investigating where the man – who is believed to be from metropolitan Melbourne – travelled through.

‘We are currently interviewing him to ascertain that information,’ Dr Chant said.

‘At this time, because he was travelling in a car and in a caravan and did the trip quite swiftly, we understand that he has not had any, had minimal or any exposure on his route up here.’ 

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