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World AIDS Day – time to end transmission

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NSW Forestry challenged over failed forestry practices in precedent-setting case

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Local tennis players bring home Wendy Saville Cup

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Doctor wearing PPE. Photo Unsplash.

The NSW premier and her representatives were a no-show again today as the state recorded another fifteen deaths in the last 24 hours, equalling the worst daily record for the state.

There were 864 locally acquired infections recorded in NSW yesterday. 64% of residents aged sixteen and over are now fully vaccinated. NSW Health administered 26,530 COVID-19 vaccines in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

There has been a big jump in cases in the ACT, with a new record of 52 infections, and 1,143 new cases in Victoria, a slight drop from yesterday. Queensland remains out of lockdown, despite two infectious cases in the community on the Gold Coast yesterday.

Northern NSW

While the situation in the Northern Rivers is currently less serious than many other areas of regional NSW (there are 48 new cases in Western NSW alone), five new cases were reported in NNSWLHD to 8pm last night. Two are in Kyogle, and there are single cases in Casino, Tweed and Byron Bay.

Sewage fragments from the virus that causes COVID have also been found again at Ballina.

While no further details of the Northern Rivers cases are available at this stage, a spokesman for Deputy Premier John Barilaro said there have now been twelve locally acquired cases of COVID19 reported in the Northern NSW Local Health District since the current NSW outbreak began on 16 June 2021.


Recent stories, information and updates regarding COVID-19

Five graphs you need to see before the Global Carbon Budget...

The Global Carbon Budget is about to be refreshed, giving the world a critical insight into how efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are (or are not) progressing.

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Public transport mask mandate to end

Masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport from tomorrow, Wednesday 21 September.

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NSW Police: be COVID-vigilant at Splendour in the Grass

SW Police are urging festival-goers at this weekend’s music festival to celebrate in a safe and responsible manner, whilst also being aware of COVID-Safety measures.

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COVID-19 update for the NNSWLHD – May 23

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that to 4pm yesterday, Sunday May 22, there were 40 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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AEC says COVID voters can phone from home

The AEC says that voters who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 will be able to phone in their vote in the federal election.

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COVID-19 update: May 16

The Northern NSW Local Health District says that to 4pm yesterday, 15 May, 384 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the District, including 82 positive PCR tests and 302 positive rapid antigen tests.

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It’s National Volunteer Week

Volunteering Australia says volleys are the backbone of the country in times of crisis and emergency.

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COVID-19 update: May 9

Today there are 41 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with none of these in ICU.

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COVID-19 update: May 6

The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) reports that there are 37 COVID-19 positive patients in hospital in Northern NSW, with one of these in ICU.

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COVID-19 update: Monday 2 May

The Northern NSW Local Health District reports that in the 24 hours to 4pm yesterday, 1 May, 274 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the area, including 56 positive PCR tests and 218 positive rapid antigen tests

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Gulihl Art exhibition – bringing First Nations artists and their connection to Country to you

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A gentle day for refugee and asylum seeker families

Promoting community awareness, assistance and support, for asylum seekers and refugees, the Pottsville Refugee Support Group recently hosted refugee and asylum seeker families from Logan at a fun day at the beach.