NINE new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Tamworth in the latest update in a welcome drop from yesterday's record-high numbers.
One new case was recorded in Gunnedah in the Friday update, located in Curlewis.
Of the Tamworth cases, four are in West Tamworth, three are in Tamworth, one is in South Tamworth and one is in Hillvue.
The isolation status and source of infection of the 10 new cases across the area has not been confirmed, though Hunter New England Health (HNEH) previously said most patients have been linked.
HNEH recorded 79 new COVID-19 cases to 8pm Thursday, 25 were in the Newcastle local government area.
There are 25 patients in hospitals across the district and five are in the intensive care unit.
The NSW daily COVID cases continue to tumble as the state's vaccination percentage creeps toward 80 per cent.
A total of 400 cases were recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, with 399 local infections added to the state's total. Four people died in that period with the virus.
City travel to regional areas has been delayed to a time not yet confirmed but after the 80 per cent milestone.
NSW Deputy Premier Paul Toole on Friday confirmed those from Greater Sydney would not be allowed into regions until November, citing slower vaccination rollout beyond the state capital.
There will be additional testing in Gunnedah and Uralla this weekend.
Gunnedah pop-up drive through testing clinic:
Marquis Street in front of the Rural Health Centre, on Sunday October 17, from 9am to 11am
Bookings recommended by calling 6741 8000
Uralla pop-up drive through testing clinic:
Uralla's driver reviver centre at 115 Bridge Street, Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 19 to November 4 between 1pm and 3pm.
Bookings required by calling 0427 923 080. When calling, people should state they wish to book for the Uralla testing clinic.
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