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Two cases of COVID-19 recorded in Singleton after restrictions eased


There were two new cases of COVID-19 identified within the Singleton LGA in the past 24-hours.

A Hunter New England Health spokesperson confirmed one person was not infectious while in the community but there was one who was infectious and their close contacts have already been contacted.

Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell has told Radio Hunter Valley News these two new cases should not impact the current easing of restrictions.

"Unless new information comes to light as a result of these cases, we believe there has not been any additional health risks to the community and therefore no reason to change the lockdown status.

Community safety will always come first but we also understand the incredible strain the lockdown has already put on people," Mr Layzell said.

The two new cases were part of the overall total of 24 that appeared within the Hunter regions.

10 are from Newcastle LGA - three in Wallsend and Elermore Vale, and one in Mayfield, North Lambton, Bar Beach, Mayfield East.

Eight are from Lake Macquarie LGA - two in Toronto and one in Wangi Wangi, Balcolyn, Mount Hutton, Edgeworth, Glendale, Belmont South.

Two are from Port Stephens LGA - one in Nelson Bay and Tanilba Bay.

Two are from Singleton LGA - located in Singleton.

One is from Maitland LGA - located in Rutherford

One is from Glen Innes Severn LGA - located in Glen Innes

11 of the total active cases are currently being cared for in hospital and two are in ICU.

Sadly, a man in his 60s with COVID-19, died at John Hunter Hospital yesterday.

There are 14 cases linked to known sources.

Five remained unlinked, and another 5 are still under investigation.

12 were infectious in the community and seven were isolating while infectious.

There are 417 close contacts in isolation across the district.

For further information visit the Hunter New England Health Website.