NSW coronavirus: Avalon cluster continues to grow

NSW has reported seven new locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 as the Avalon cluster on Sydney’s Northern Beaches continues to grow.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Thursday, six of the seven cases are already in isolation.

One case isn’t related to the cluster but is a resident in the Northern Beaches.

A woman wearing a face mask due to the COVID-19 pandemic walks past a Christmas tree at Martin Place, usually packed with tourists, in the central business district of Sydney.
A Christmas tree in Martin Place in Sydney's CBD. Source: Getty Images

Almost 70,000 people got tested for coronavirus on Christmas Eve.

It’s a single-day record for testing.

“It is an outstanding result. Thank you for everybody who got tested,” she said.

“I do not think anybody is having a normal Christmas today across NSW and I want to thank everybody for your patience and the way we have worked together and the way I think all of us can be confident everyone is paying their part to be safe as possible.”

Premier’s warning ahead of Boxing Day sales

Ms Berejiklian urged people not to go into the CBD for Boxing Day sales.

“If you're going shopping in the CBD, make sure you wear a mask,” the premier said.

“We would prefer it if people did not go to the CBD.”

A man wearing a face mask due to the Covid-19 pandemic walks through a shopping arcade, usually packed with tourists, in the central business district of Sydney.
People are being urged not to go to the CBD for Boxing Day sales. Source: Getty Images

Warning over CBD sports bar

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said three cases of Covid-19 are now associated with the sports bar at Paragon Hotel, Circular Quay.

Dr Chant said anyone who went to the pub on Wednesday between 12.45-3.30pm needs to get tested and self-isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

“Anyone who was there for less than an hour needs to get tested immediately and self isolate pending a result,” Dr Chant said.

“People in the general facility who may have attended the hotel, please ensure that you monitor the symptoms and isolate and get tested immediately.

“It is important you are particularly vigilant.”

Four cases are also associated with Paddington Alimentari.

“You need to get tested if symptoms arise and stay isolated,” Dr Chant said.

“Should there even be the slightest symptom. We have a transmission at that venue so it is important everyone maintains focus.”

This refers to all patrons at the restaurant between December 17-19.

‘Critical point’ in NSW Covid response

Dr Chant echoed the premier’s calls for people to limit households visits and interactions over the holidays.

She urged people to use outdoor spaces where possible too.

“This is a critical point in our response and if we work together we can decrease the chances of Covid spread,” she said.

“Most importantly, do not risk passing on COVID to your friends and family. If you are in isolation, you have to stay in isolation. Do not accept visitors in your home, do not interact with any visitors.”

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