With the planned re-opening of travel to regional areas on Monday, November 1 there is concern with the COVID clusters are continuing to increase in some regional areas of New South Wales. The areas of concern are in the Hunter New England and Murrumbidgee LGAs.

Of the 293 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases reported yesterday, more than half were in regional areas, and just over a quarter were in Hunter New England.

Despite the concern with a possible spike in Covid cases, in this re-opening,  businesses argue that it’s worth it to bring an end to the economic problems brought on by lockdowns.

The resumption of travel between regional NSW and Sydney had been delayed twice due to the vaccination rates not up to level expected in certain regional and remote areas, after health authorities funnelled supplies into Sydney hotspots during the Delta outbreak.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet pushed back the reopening date to 1 November earlier this month due to only 36% of regional local government areas had 80% double-vaccinated populations.  


Today's statistics on COVID 19 situation  are as follows:

 

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