Two more NSW regions headed for lockdown from midnight

Two New South Wales LGAs have been returned to lockdown from midnight tonight.

Stay-at-home orders will come into force then for the Kyogle and Narromine council areas.

The restrictions will last until October 11, and also apply to anybody who has been in the Kyogle LGA since September 21, and the Narromine LGA since September 28.

Everyone in these LGAs must stay at home unless it is for an essential reason, which includes shopping for food, medical care, getting vaccinated, compassionate needs, exercise, and work or tertiary education if they can't work or study at home.

Stay-at-home orders have also been extended until October 11 for Bathurst, Bourke, Central Coast, Cessnock, City of Broken Hill, Dubbo, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Kiama, Lake Macquarie, Lithgow, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional, Shellharbour, Shoalhaven, and Wingecarribee.

And residents in the Snowy Monaro LGA was placed into a snap lockdown from 3pm today for a week.

Anyone who was in the Snowy Monaro since September 22 will also need to stay at home.

But the Mid-Western Regional LGA, the Hilltops LGA and Walgett will exit lockdown as scheduled tomorrow.

In the Central Darling Shire, Menindee has had another week added to their lockdown, and Wilcannia will stay in lockdown until October 11.

"We urge everyone in regional areas to take the opportunity to get vaccinated as quickly as possible, but also to please keep presenting if you have any symptoms of COVID," Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

"In Illawarra, there were 82 new cases and in Hunter we're seeing an increase in cases to 82 new cases."

COVID-19 has been detected in sewage in Tweed, Banora Point, Gunnedah and South Grafton in northern NSW, Gulgong in western NSW, Dareton in far west, and Moruya and Thredbo in southern NSW.

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The rest of Central Darling Shire will leave lockdown as scheduled tomorrow.

Yesterday the NSW government flagged that while case numbers were plateauing in Sydney, there had been a surge of infections in regional areas all around the state.

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