The epicentre of NSW’s Covid outbreak is continuing to move away from Sydney, with new hotspots emerging in regional NSW.
The Hunter New England region has seen a spike in Covid cases, with the majority of NSW’s cases emerging there in recent days.
For the majority of the current outbreak, southwestern Sydney has been identified as the main area of concern, but that title has now been passed on.
The new seven day case average for the Hunter New England local health district (LHD) was 73 on Tuesday, passing southwestern Sydney’s 56.
The majority of the regions cases have been located in Newcastle, which had 231 cases in the 14 days to October 26, Cessnock, which had 132 cases over the same period and Maitland, which had 122 cases.
Of the 293 locally acquired cases announced for NSW on Thursday, 29 were from the Hunter New England LHD and 51 were from southwestern Sydney.
Cases are also high in the Murrumbidgee LHD, with 30 cases on Thursday, beating Western Sydney’s 26 infections.
Tamworth, which is part of the Hunter New England LHD, GP, has also seen a rise in cases over recent weeks, with GP Ian Kamerman telling the ABC the majority of cases have been spreading within households.
“And, of course, during this exposure time, one of the kids has gone to school, given it to another kid who’s brought it home, so this is this is probably the way of the future,” Dr Kamerman said.
From November 1, Greater Sydney residents will once again be able to travel into the regions, sparking concerns some areas with lower vaccination rates could be at risk of outbreaks.
Source: News AU