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A man who traveled to an Australian town while infected with the virus is being charged.

A man who traveled to an Australian town while infected with the virus is being charged.
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A man who traveled to an Australian town while infected with the virus is being charged.

A man who traveled to an Australian town while infected with the virus is being charged.

A Sydney man who caused a weeklong lockdown in an Australian coastal town is accused of breaking public health orders.

The man, who local media identified as Zoran Radovanovic, spent more than a week in the city of Byron Bay, before testing positive for the virus on Monday. The city and its surroundings have imposed the lockdown, fearing an epidemic could devastate the region, where many people are not vaccinated.

Mr Radovanovic “did not believe in the virus,” Mayor Michael Lyon of Byron Shire, which includes Byron Bay, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday.

The mayor said Mr. Radovanovic does not wear a mask or social distancing and does not cooperate with the authorities.

Residents of eastern Sydney are not allowed to travel more than six miles from their homes under pandemic restrictions.

On Wednesday morning, Gary Worboys, the deputy police commissioner for New South Wales, the state that includes Byron Bay, told reporters authorities are looking into whether the man actually searched for real estate during the trip, such as he had said so. Travel for property inspection is exempt from restrictions.

Mr Radovanovic is being treated for the virus at a hospital in the nearby town of Lismore. Police said they intended to seek strict bail conditions.

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