Gladys Berejiklian announces a snap lockdown for the Hunter region

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a one week lockdown for the Hunter and upper Hunter region after five new cases were recorded in the Hunter New England region.

The affected areas are Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Port Stephens, Cessnock, Dungog, Singleton and Muswellbrook.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant said they were “very concerned” the Delta strain had spread to regional areas.

“Obviously we’re very concerned about regional New South Wales and that’s why we’ve got restrictions in place,” Dr Chant said.

“We are very concerned, and that’s why no-one can be complacent… we need to make sure that you are still vigilant about signs and symptoms, getting tested. You cannot be complacent, the risk is everywhere.

“We’re conscious of risks in the northern part, because we are all connected and it is impossible to absolutely prevent any movement.”