NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says zero Hunter COVID-19 cases achievable to avoid long lockdown

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated August 17 2021 - 11:00pm, first published 8:38am

Gladys Berejiklian says cutting Newcastle's COVID-19 cases to zero is "achievable" as the Hunter tries to avoid joining Sydney in what looks destined to become a five-month lockdown.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.