NSW businesses are struggling to keep their doors open as the number of COVID-19 cases remains high, with the government under pressure to reintroduce support.
Treasury secretary Steven Kennedy has warned the national cabinet 10 per cent of the workforce could be absent with COVID, and more if schools don't reopen.
Like any resident in NSW, Novocastrians who test positive to COVID-19 using a rapid antigen test (RAT) must now register their result with Service NSW.
Scott Morrison concedes the highly-infectious COVID-19 Omicron variant is having an impact on Australia's workforce and consumer spending.
Scott Morrison has stressed Australia's health systems are more than equipped to handle a rising number of Omicron infections.
For the second consecutive day, the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) has registered more than 1,500 new COVID-19 cases.