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COVID hits Hunter – again, as new variant JN.1 arrives

Fresh waves of COVID are hitting the region, prompting face masks to return to John Hunter Hospital as new variant JN.1 arrives.

Hunter puppy rescuers urgently need community’s help

"We urgently need your support to keep these guys alive and get them healthy": Region's pet rescuers issue desperate plea to save puppies.

HNELHD cracks 5,000-mark for new COVID cases

Pre-Christmas predictions have come true, with the Hunter New England Local Health District breaking the 5,000-mark for new COVID cases.

COVID-19 isolation rules scrapped

People testing positive to COVID-19 will no longer need to isolate when the last of the pandemic rules are abolished from October 14

Government extends free flu shot deadline until 17 July

Hunter residents will now have until 17 July to receive their free flu shots amid concerns vaccination rates are still not where they should be.

Melbourne waits for lockdown end date

Victoria has recorded 1838 new COVID-19 cases and 7 deaths as the premier is expected to confirm whether Melbourne will exit lockdown early.

Arrests, fines at Melbourne anti-vaccination protests

Three people have been arrested and dozens fined after small numbers of protesters held anti-vaccination protests in Melbourne.

Tasmania doubles down on tough borders

Tasmania's premier has doubled-down on his tough border stance, revealing modelling showing likely coronavirus deaths if the island reopened at an 80 per cent vaccination rate.
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