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Sydney recorded 18 new cases in the past 24 hours. NSW Health officials fear Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak is spreading even more, including nine COVID-19 cases in the northern beaches and six linked to what is being referred to as the “Croydon cluster”.
All six COVID-19 cases are members from the same extended family and close contact with others over the Christmas period.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has freshly toughened restrictions for New Year’s Eve and announced another coronavirus cluster in Sydney’s Inner West.
Gladys Berejiklian says all home meets on New Year’s Eve in Greater Sydney will now be limited to five guests, as a new coronavirus cluster rises in the city’s inner west.
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant announced today that, a new unlinked cluster has at least 34 close contacts.
Dr Chant said, “there are six COVID-19 cases, three of them are children and three adults, were spread over three households in the Inner West and south-western Sydney. One of these COVID-19 cases first came yesterday morning.”
“We are presuming there will be new COVID-19 cases connected to that cluster just because of the number of close contacts and the close household contact that a number of those contacts had throughout Christmas and the next days”, said Dr Chant
The COVID-19 outbreak has forced the government to tighten restrictions for New Year’s Eve.
From tonight midnight until next notice, the maximum number of gathering per house has been decreased from 10 people to five only in the Greater Sydney, Wollongong, Nepean Blue Mountains areas, and Central Coast.
In the same region, outdoor gatherings are reduced by 50 people to 30 people.
The northern beaches region split into two distinct zones, will also have per household five visitor limit and outdoor gatherings will be capped at 10 and five people for the northern and southern zones, respectively.
“We know the impact of these restrictions, but at this moment, we understand there is a full scope of transmission”, Dr Chant said.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, “the preferred advice” is for every citizen to reduce mobility and try to stay home for New Year’s Eve. And if failing that then prefer outdoors with social distancing and proper ventilation.
Australia has reached 909 deaths and over 28,300 Covid-19 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began.