UPDATE: 12 new covid cases in Northern Rivers: none in Kyogle or Richmond Valley

Twelve new covid cases have been reported  from the Northern NSW LHD.

Nine cases were recorded in the Clarence Valley and three in Ballina.

The Clarence Valley cluster is now become the biggest in Northern NSW with 23 cases in the past four weeks.

It brings the total number of cases to 89 confirmed since June 16, when the current Delta outbreak began in Sydney.

88% of those aged 16 and over across the North Coast have now had their first dose covid vaccine, ahead of the national average of 82%, Healthy North Coast chief executive Julie Sturgess said.

60% of people in the North Coast region are now fully vaccinated, almost on par with the national average of 62%.

‘With the recent easing of travel restrictions, and having people visit our region again, we can feel confident that the majority of our residents will have been vaccinated,” Ms Sturgess

‘While this doesn’t mean people won’t get covid, they are better protected from serious disease and the risk of hospitalisation.

‘We’re certainly moving towards being a “community with immunity”.’

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