Im A Celebrity make-up artist accused of sending Australia into lockdown

An I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! crew member has now been blamed for sending Australia into lockdown.

The television worker tested positive for coronavirus after flying to the country to film the Australian version of the programme.

Last Saturday, the 31-year-old make-up artist flew to Ballina in New South Wales from Sydney to work on the latest Australian version of the TV show.

According to ABC News, the crew member had an exemption that permitted her to travel for work-related purposes only.

The woman who has not been identified, apparently went to multiple locations in the state over the weekend which included shops and restaurants in Byron Bay and Kingscliff without checking in using her QR code.

She then later on tested positive for Covid which then triggered a seven-day lockdown of the wider Tweed and Byron Shires, with 135,000 people then forced to live under stringent curbs.

Therefore Queensland's border has also been closed to the affected areas.

ITV, who produces I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, have said that any close contacts of the crew member were isolated and tested straight away and all rapid and PCR tests taken by crew members have returned a negative result.

A spokesperson said: "As has been reported, an I’m A Celebrity crew member tested positive for Covid-19.

"ITV are disappointed and sympathetic to the impact this has had on the region. "

The woman who tested positive has now been charged with breaches of public health orders and police have said that her activities in Byron Bay and Kingscliff had breached the conditions of her work travel exemption.

Sydney is also still under lockdown so people have to stay at home unless leaving for work reasons.

Questions have now been raised in relation of whether the show will be able to film.

The Australian version of the show is usually filmed in South Africa but due to Covid reasons it stayed in Australia.

The UK's version of the show will go ahead and be filmed in the Welsh castle for the second year in a row again due to coronavirus reasons.

The celebrity line up has not yet been revealed.

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