ONE new case of COVID-19 was recorded in Armidale in Monday's daily update, as the region's infection numbers decline.
Across the Hunter New England health district, 10 fresh cases were recorded out of 150 in NSW, after more than 47,000 tests were undertaken in 24 hours.
Of those, two cases were in Lake Macquarie, with one at Glendale and the other at Macquarie Hills.
Maitland had a case in Rutherford, while Cessnock recorded one at Cliftleigh.
Midcoast local government area added five, including one at Tuncurry, Harrington and Tree, and Wingham added two.
Only four active cases are in Hunter New England hospital, with one in intensive care.
Only two cases are not linked to existing clusters, but six were infectious while in the community.
Genomic testing on three international arrivals from southern Africa is expected tonight to reveal whether they are carrying the Omicron mutation of the virus.
Dr David Durrheim, Public Health Physician at Hunter New England Health is urging the community to get vaccinated and to seek testing if experiencing any symptoms.
"We urge anyone who is currently isolating in the community with COVID-19 to call for an ambulance should they experience a deterioration in their condition, including breathlessness and dizziness," he said.
"New rules for returning travellers regarding the Omicron variant of concern are now in place.
"In line with Commonwealth measures, all travellers arriving in NSW who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Malawi, and the Seychelles during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, irrespective of their vaccination status.
"All travellers who have been in any other overseas country during the 14-day period before their arrival in NSW must travel directly to their place of residence or accommodation and isolate for 72 hours, pending further health advice."
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