Hunter records 82 new COVID cases as officials urge ‘Freedom Day’ caution

Men lining outside a barbershop in Newcastle.

The Hunter has recorded 82 new COVID cases on “Freedom Day” as the region continues to post some of the highest numbers in the New South Wales.Key points:There have been 1,768 cases of coronavirus in the Hunter New England Health District since August 5Hairdressers, gyms, and hospitality venues are welcoming back customers todayThe Deputy Prime Minister says Indigenous … Read more

Western Sydney pair with COVID plead guilty to attending Newcastle party linked to Hunter lockdown

NSW Police Transport Command officers and train generic

Two Western Sydney women who travelled to the Newcastle region and attended a party before testing positive to COVID-19 have pleaded guilty to breaching public health orders.Key points:The pair were found at a party in Shortland on July 29Both were issued fines and directed to return home to SydneyPolice said the women attended “several locations” in NewcastleNSW … Read more

Muswellbrook plunged into week-long lockdown as COVID infections rise in the Hunter

A man stands at a drive-through COVID-19 testing site wearing a yellow hi-vis vest, face shield and mask and hat.

Muswellbrook has been plunged into a week-long lockdown as COVID-19 infections continue to rise in the Hunter.Key points:Muswellbrook will enter a week-long lockdown as the Hunter records its highest daily increase in casesThe Central Coast has lost its regional status after recording more cases and has rejoined Greater SydneyThe local business community welcomes the roadmap, but … Read more