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Written by Chris Kaloustian
2,491 cases of COVID-19 were recorded by Hunter New England Health in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. Breakdown for the region is as follows:
• Tamworth records 142
• Armidale records 105
• Gunnedah records 26
• Liverpool Plains records 10
• Uralla records 2
• Walcha record 14
105 active hospitalizations were recorded in the district as well as 13 in ICU.
1 death was recorded.
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This is the first day Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) have been recorded in the count, therefore we see a huge jump in numbers State-wide.
We must stress that the positive RAT returns include those from January 1st, and individuals can/will overlap with their own positive PCR test results.
The State Government made the reporting the RAT’s mandatory, with penalty of an up to $1,000 fine.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said the decision to make the reports mandatory was so it would not “discourage” people from registering their results.
Although, Customer Service and Digital Minister Victor Dominello told Nine News this will be nearly impossible to enforce.
Opposition Leader Chris Minns says the lack of tests reflects the government's failure to plan and is hurting the health system as well as the economy.
Premier Perrottet says the government is considering a voucher-style system to distribute the tests, like the previous Dine & Discover vouchers.
For State-wide details, see below.