Hunter lockdown to be extended as cluster grows


The Hunter region will be plunged into another week of lockdown as 24 new cases of COVID-19 were detected overnight.

The new infections bring the case total in the region to 77.

Hunter New England Health said 14 of the new cases are in the Lake Macquarie area, seven are from Newcastle, two are in Maitland and one is from Port Stephens.

A dozen of the infections are linked to previously reported cases.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the region’s lockdown would be extended because of the new cases.

“As a response NSW Health has recommended that those local government areas which are currently in lockdown, including the Hunter and Upper Hunter areas will be extended by another week,” she said on Thursday.

“Given what the area is experiencing I think the community would understand why that is the case.”

12 of the detections announced today are associated with the RFBI Hawkins Masonic Retirement Village in Edgeworth.

The outbreak includes 11 residents and three staff members who are COVID positive.

It comes as NSW recorded 345 cases, with at least 60 in the community during their infectious period.

Sadly, another two deaths were also reported in the state.

A man in his 90s from south west Sydney died at Liverpool Hospital. He acquired his infection as part of the Liverpool Hospital outbreak. There have now been seven deaths linked with this outbreak.

Another man in his 90s also died at Royal North Shore Hospital. He was a resident at Wyoming Residential Aged Care Facility in Summer Hill.

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