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Sydney's Northern Beaches locked down, 13 new cases of COVID-19

Sydney's Northern Beaches locked down

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COVID-19 cluster in the Sydney’s Northern Beaches area grows, and it will be placed into lockdown.
23 new cases of coronavirus were found overnight, but ten are already announced on yesterday.
The total comprises 21 connected to the Northern Beaches group that now increased to 39.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, Sydney is Australia’s biggest city of approximately five million population, may see few restrictions implemented in the following days, among the northern beaches increased COVID-19 cases at 39 confirmed cases.
Gladys Berejiklian said two of the cases are still under investigation; however, suspects are connected to the Avalon outbreak.
Australia’s Acting-Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly, said one staff member and two residents living in a Japara aged care facility in Bayview had tested COVID-19 positive.
Residents were asked to stay home unless it is essential; it includes work, grocery shopping, compassionate grounds, including visiting an isolated relative or emergency medical treatment.
“We are setting in our private testing patterns for that particular facility so we can make sure there is no spread there,” Professor Kelly said.
7 COVID-19 cases have also been identified in hotel quarantine.
From 5 PM today until midnight on Wednesday, the local government area of the Northern Beaches will return to coronavirus restrictions in place in March.
People will be allowed to go to their local shopping centre and exercise.
But, any other activities are no longer permitted.
Ms Berejiklian said, “we do not want the COVID-19 virus to spread outside areas of the Northern Beaches.”
She said, “please restrict your movement. We are asking you to do this in good faith, we ask you to change your plans and stay at home.”
Until this week, Australia had gone more than two weeks without any local transmission of COVID-19, letting most territories and states to remove nearly all social distancing curbs.
But the Sydney northern beaches cases threw Christmas trip plans for thousands of Australians into chaos with territories and states requiring border limitations on Friday.