COVID: More than 21,000 new cases in NSW, 260 in Northern Rivers

Almost doubling the number of cases reported yesterday, NSW recorded 21,151 new covid cases today.

In NSW there are 832 people in hospital, 69 people in ICU and there have been six deaths.

There were 260 new cases in the Northern Rivers.

The case numbers for LGAs:

Byron 114

Ballina  25

Lismore 32

Tweed 63

Clarence Valley  18

Kyogle    3

Richmond Valley  5

As of December 28, according to NSW Health numbers, here’s how our region was looking for the number of total cases since the start of the covid pandemic.


Total cases: 33

Current active cases: 9

Richmond Valley

Total cases: 48

Current active cases: 17


Total cases: 209

Current active cases: 130

Clarence Valley

Total cases: 188

Current active cases; 115

Am I considered a close contact?

The rules have changed.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said;

“Except in exceptional circumstances, a close contact is a household contact or ‘household-like’ of a confirmed case only. A household contact is someone who lives with a case or has spent more than four hours with them in a house, accommodation or care facility setting.”

This change is aimed at reducing the number of people seeking a PCR test.

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