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Hunter New England Health District COVID-19 update: two more cases confirmed

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Two more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Hunter New England Health (HNEH) District. 

There were 18 new cases of the virus confirmed by NSW Health in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,547.

There were 27,147 tests reported in the 24-hour reporting period, compared with 18,543 in the previous 24 hours.

Included in that new lot of cases is two in the HNEH District. 

HNEH said the first is a man in his 60s who is part of the known family cluster in Port Stephens and he remains in isolation. HNEH are currently working to identify all close contacts of this case, who are being placed in isolation.

The Port Stephens family cluster, which includes seven cases, is linked to the Thai Rock Wetherill Park cluster.

The second confirmed case is a man in his 40s who is a returned overseas traveller. The man is a resident of the Hunter New England region, however, has remained in hotel quarantine in Sydney since his return.

That brings the total number of cases for the district since the pandemic began to 291.