COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in the Hunter New England regions as over 600 cases were identified for a second day in a row.
Hunter New England Health confirmed a further 674 new infections in the past 24-hours, with 24 of those belonging to the Upper Hunter itself.
It included 11 in Singleton, seven in Muswellbrook and five in the Upper Hunter Shire.
Newcastle continues to record the highest figures with 308 cases diagnosed overnight.
There are now 2,122 active cases of COVID-19 around the districts.
12 of those active cases are in hospital and there are three in ICU.
Hunter New England Health confirmed the death of a women in her sixties from the Northern Tablelands.
"She was not vaccinated and had underlying health conditions.
"Our sincere condolences go out to her family and friends," a HNEH spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, New South Wales cases are also spiking with 2,213 listed across the state.
Of the 674 new cases:
- 308 are from Newcastle LGA
- 190 are from Lake Macquarie LGA
- 53 are from Maitland LGA
- 41 are from Port Stephens LGA
- 24 are from Cessnock LGA
- 13 are from Mid Coast LGA
- 11 are from Singleton LGA
- 8 are from Tamworth Regional LGA
- 7 are from Muswellbrook LGA
- 5 are from Upper Hunter LGA
- 4 are from Gunnedah LGA
- 3 are from Inverell LGA
- 2 are from Armidale Regional LGA
- 2 are from Moree Plains LGA
- 2 are from Walcha LGA
- 1 is from Dungog LGA
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