TEN NEW cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Tamworth in the city's largest daily jump in infection numbers since the early days of the pandemic last year.
Hunter New England Health (HNEH) confirmed out of the 10 new cases in the latest update, five are located in South Tamworth and the other five are in Tamworth.
There were two new cases reported in the Gunnedah local government area in the latest period, both are residing in Gunnedah.
No details have been confirmed yet about the isolation status of the new cases or whether they have been linked to a cluster, though more exposure sites were listed over the weekend.
HNEH previously said they were investigating some mystery cases in Tamworth; patients who had an unknown source of infection.
NSW Health data shows there are about 40 active cases of COVID-19 now residing in the Tamworth local government area, and about 13 in the Gunnedah shire.
Health authorities continue to urge Tamworth and Gunnedah residents to get tested if symptoms develop, get vaccinated as soon as possible, and practice social distancing and hand hygiene.
The latest information from NSW Health shows Tamworth is hovering at a double vaccinated rate of between 50 and 60 per cent of the eligible population, with between 80 and 90 per cent having received a single dose.
The double dose rate in Gunnedah is between 40 and 40 per cent, according to NSW Health.
The entire HNEH district saw 82 new COVID-19 infections in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, including nine in Newcastle.
At least 47 of those cases were infectious while in the community.
The new cases come on the same morning another Tamworth school closed for deep cleaning after a member tested positive to the virus over the weekend.
Tamworth High School is not operational today, and both Hillvue Public School and South Tamworth Public School also remain closed as they await further advice from NSW Health as contact tracing takes place.
Monday marks the first day of "freedom" for people who are double vaccinated in Tamworth, and regional travel - including to and from the Newcastle area - is now allowed.
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