Matt Carr, Illawarra Mercury

Matt Carr

Illawarra Mercury

Newcastle, NSW, Australia

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Past articles by Matt:

NSW COVID-19 update: 5612 infections, one death as Dominic Perrottet reinstates indoor mask rules

Testing rates remain high across the state, with 164,144 tests in the 24-hour period to 8pm on Thursday. → Read More

NSW adds 5715 COVID-19 cases as QR codes likely to return

The daily tally is a new record, well clear of the former pandemic high announced on Wednesday. → Read More

NSW COVID-19 update: 516 cases, no deaths in Friday December 10 update

Vaccination rates remain steady, with 93 per cent of NSW adults fully protected. → Read More

NSW records six COVID-19 Omicron cases, two deaths and 260 daily total on Tuesday.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said there are now a total of 31 Omicron cases in the state, 20 of which are linked to the Regents Park cluster in Sydney's south west. → Read More

No new deaths in NSW as 271 COVID-19 cases recorded in Thursday, December 2 update

More than 81,000 tests were conducted in the 24-hour period to 8pm on Wednesday. → Read More

NSW COVID-19 update: two deaths, 293 cases in October 28 2021 update

The Illawarra Shoalhaven recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19 overnight, three less than the previous day, as the local health district continue to urge residents to get tested and vaccinated. → Read More

NSW COVID cases: four deaths, 294 infections in Monday October 25 2021 update

The death toll of the outbreak that began in August has passed 500. → Read More

Four deaths as NSW COVID-19 case number drops under 300 on October 24 2021

There are 480 people in hospitals with the virus, and 119 requiring intensive care. → Read More

7 COVID cases in Wollongong, none in Shellharbour

The Illawarra Shoalhaven local health district uncovered 12 new cases overnight, down from 22 the day before, with no tests returning a positive result in Shellharbour. → Read More

Five deaths as NSW COVID case numbers drop to 266 on Monday October 18 2021

80.3 per cent of the population aged 16 or older has received two doses of a vaccine. → Read More

Six dead as NSW COVID cases rise 406 on Thursday October 14 2021

The number of people in both hospital and intensive care has also dipped slightly since Wednesday's update. → Read More

NSW adds 444 local cases, four deaths in Wednesday October 13 COVID numbers

It comes after NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet flagged potentially delivering additional freedoms for the vaccinated beginning Monday, just a week after the 70 per cent easing. → Read More

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announces COVID re-opening roadmap changes to masks, indoor pools

The changes come after Mr Perrottet formally took the top job on Tuesday. → Read More

NSW records 941 COVID-19 cases as October 11 locked in for 70 per cent vaccination

Some freedoms may come forward due to vaccination rates, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says. → Read More

Bureau of Meteorology wind warning for Illawarra

The Bureau of Meteorology on Friday issued a warning after indications a slew of troughs and cold fronts could whip across southeast Australia until Sunday. → Read More

Greater Sydney lockdown extends another two weeks as NSW adds 97 COVID-19 cases

Lockdown in Greater Sydney, including Wollongong and Shellharbour, will go on for at least another two weeks from Friday, the state government has confirmed. → Read More

Barnaby Joyce named Nationals leader after spill

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will emerge from quarantine with a new deputy prime minister. → Read More

Barnaby Joyce named Nationals leader after spill

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will emerge from quarantine with a new deputy prime minister. → Read More

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip dead at 99

Buckingham Palace confirmed the The Duke of Edinburgh's death about 9pm on Friday night Australian time. → Read More

Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen speaks after quitting parliament after sexting, rape allegations

GONE: Michael Johnsen has quit NSW Parliament. His resignation triggers a byelection in the Upper Hunter seat he held by 2.2 per cent at the last election. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers UPDATE: A week after being accused of raping a sex worker Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen has quit NSW parliament, triggering a by-election in the marginal seat. → Read More