NSW records nine new coronavirus cases on Boxing Day

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NSW records nine new coronavirus cases on Boxing Day

New South Wales has reported nine new Covid-19 cases - including a child - after almost 40,000 people were tested for the virus on Christmas Day. 

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New South Wales has reported nine new Covid-19 cases – including a child – after almost 40,000 people were tested for the virus on Christmas Day. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said eight of the nine new infections were linked to the Avalon cluster on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The ninth infection could be a false positive, she said. 

Six of the eight cases on the Northern Beaches were in the same household and the other two are close contacts to where the virus was previously transmitted in Paddington and at the Avalon Bowling Club.

‘There are still concerns about the CBD and still concerns about people in the Northern Beaches who may unintentionally have spread the virus without knowing they have it,’ she said.

The premier said the Northern Beaches would revert back to the pre-Christmas restrictions from December 27, with some slight changes. 

The northern part of the beaches is required to stay at home from December 28 to December 30.

Health workers are seen at a Covid-19 drive-through testing clinic in Bondi, Sydney's eastern suburbs, on Christmas Day

Health workers are seen at a Covid-19 drive-through testing clinic in Bondi, Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on Christmas Day

A group of friends in santa hats sit on the edge of an empty Bondi Beach in Sydney on December 25

A group of friends in santa hats sit on the edge of an empty Bondi Beach in Sydney on December 25

On Friday, NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant revealed a child was infected at the Paddington Alimentari café in Sydney’s inner-eastern suburbs. 

‘Since 8pm last night, and this case will be included in tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) numbers, we have another confirmed case linked to the Paddington Alimentari and the case is a child,’ Dr Chant said on Friday. 

‘There are now four cases associated with the venue and all diners from December 17 to 19 need to remain in isolation and get tested if symptoms arise. 

‘Takeaway customers need to get tested should there even be the slightest symptoms. We have had transmission at that venue, so it is important that everyone maintains a focus.’ 

The child became infected at the Paddington Alimentari café (pictured) in Sydney's inner-eastern suburbs

The child became infected at the Paddington Alimentari café (pictured) in Sydney’s inner-eastern suburbs

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant (right) on Friday urged people to isolate if they also visited Paddington Alimentari from December 17 to December 19 and get tested if they develop symptoms

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant (right) on Friday urged people to isolate if they also visited Paddington Alimentari from December 17 to December 19 and get tested if they develop symptoms

NSW reported seven new locally-acquired cases of coronavirus on Christmas Day – four are linked to the Avalon cluster, two cases are household contacts of a previous case, whose source of infection is still under investigation, and one further case is under investigation.

How has the virus  escalated in Sydney? 

17 December: Three cases

18 December: 15 cases

19 December: 23 cases

20 December: 30 cases

21 December: 15 cases

22 December: Eight cases

23 December: Eight cases 

24 December: Nine cases

25 December: Seven cases 

Total: 118 cases with 108 linked to Avalon cluster 

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A new venue, transport routes and a flight were put on alert on Friday night.  

NSW Health is urging any passenger who travelled on flight REX ZL 6469 from Sydney to Griffith at 2.10pm on Monday December 21 to get tested.

Passengers from the flight are considered close contacts and must self-isolate for 14 days regardless of a negative result. 

An alert has also been issued for customers who attended Chicago Jones Coffee & Chocolate Maison in Auburn, in Sydney’s west, on Sunday 20 December between 2.50pm – 4.00pm.

Those customers are considered close contacts and must isolate for 14 days regardless of a negative result.

Commuters who rode Bus route 200 from TAFE St Leonards, Pacific Highway to The Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie St on Tuesday 15 December between 7.20am and 7.41am are considered close contacts of a positive Covid-19 case.

Passengers who travelled on that route are urged to get tested and isolate for 14 days regardless of their rest result. 

Those who were on the bus for less than 30 minutes are however considered casual contacts and should still get tested and isolate until a negative result is received. 

The rules apply to the same route but in the evening from 5.36pm – 6.10pm from The Royal Botanic Gardens to TAFE.  

On Friday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged Sydneysiders to cancel their Boxing Day shopping plans in the city on Saturday

‘We are still concerned about potential spread through the CBD,’ she said. 

‘We ask everybody to limit any activity in the CBD and having said that, we know tomorrow is traditionally Boxing Day sales.

NSW Health is urging any passenger who travelled on flight REX ZL 6469 from Sydney to Griffith at 2.10pm on Monday December 21 to get tested (stock)

NSW Health is urging any passenger who travelled on flight REX ZL 6469 from Sydney to Griffith at 2.10pm on Monday December 21 to get tested (stock)

NSW Health have also issued out an alert for customers who attended Chicago Jones Coffee & Chocolate Maison (pictured) in Auburn, in Sydney's west, on Sunday 20 December between 2.50pm – 4.00pm

NSW Health have also issued out an alert for customers who attended Chicago Jones Coffee & Chocolate Maison (pictured) in Auburn, in Sydney’s west, on Sunday 20 December between 2.50pm – 4.00pm 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) urged Sydneysiders to avoid the CBD and cancel their Boxing Day shopping plans on Saturday as the state recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 on Christmas Day

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (pictured) urged Sydneysiders to avoid the CBD and cancel their Boxing Day shopping plans on Saturday as the state recorded seven new cases of COVID-19 on Christmas Day

‘We’d prefer it if people did not go to the CBD tomorrow because then you have people from all over Sydney coming to the one location and it only takes one or two cases for it to then spread everywhere else – and we don’t want to see that happen. 

‘I cannot stress enough how urgent the people to reduce their mobility, not to undertake any activity unless they absolutely have to and please avoid the CBD where you can.

‘If you must go to the CBD and you must go shopping, make sure you’re wearing a mask and a socially distancing.’   

Dr Chant said she is ‘particularly concerned’ about the sports bar at the Paragon Hotel in Loftus Street in Circular Quay, which has three associated cases.  

Anyone who visited the hotel between 12.45pm and 3.30pm on Wednesday, December 16 for more than an hour are considered close contacts and are advised to be tested immediately and self isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.  

Those who were there for less than an hour needs to get tested immediately and self isolate pending a result.  

‘Anyone who particularly has been in the north-eastern part of the city, including Australia square, MLC Centre and Chifley Square should be alert to symptoms and get tested immediately,’ Dr Chant said.   

CURRENT COVID-19 ALERTS FOR NSW VENUES 

Passengers who flew on the following flight are considered close contacts and must self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who has symptoms should get tested immediately; testing is available at Griffith Base Hospital. 

  • Flight REX ZL 6469 from Sydney to Griffith at 2.10pm on Monday December 21

If you travelled on this bus route during the time and date indicated, you should get tested immediately and self-isolate until you receive a negative result. Passengers should continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and if any symptoms occur, get tested again:

Bus route 200 from TAFE St Leonards, Pacific Highway to The Royal Botanic Gardens, Macquarie St on Tuesday 15 December between 7.20am and 7.41am are considered close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case.  

Those who were on the bus for less than 30 minutes are however considered casual contacts and should still get tested and isolate until a negative result is received. 

The rules apply to the same route but in the evening from 5.36pm – 6.10pm from The Royal Botanic Gardens to TAFE.  

Anyone who attended the following venues at the following times is considered a close contact, and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether a negative result is received:

  • Glorietta Restaurant and Bar, North Sydney: Wednesday 16 December, 12pm – 12:45pm
  • Massage Link, Leichhardt: Friday 18 December, 12:30pm – 1:15pm 
  • Auburn – Chicago Jones Coffee & Chocolate Maison, Auburn Redyard, 100 Parramatta Rd, Auburn: Sunday 20 December, 2.50pm – 4.00pm 

Anyone who attended the following venues at the following times is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received: 

  • ​Local Bar Cafe, Rozelle: Wednesday 16 December, 8:30am – 9:30am, Thursday 17 December, 8:30pm – 9:30am, Friday 18 December, 8:30am – 9:30am, Saturday 19 December, 8:30am – 9:30am, Sunday 20 December, 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Darling Quarter Food Court, Sydney: Thursday 17 December, 5pm – 6pm
  • Mr Cafe and Bar, Balmain: ​Thursday 17 December, 9am – 10am
  • ​Marketplace Leichhardt​, Leichhardt: Saturday 19 December, 2pm – 2:30pm
  • Ruby’s Diner, Waverly: Thursday 17 December, 10am – 10:30am
  • ​IGA, Rozelle: Thursday 17 December, 8:25am – 8:35am
  • Hotel Steyne, Manly: Thursday 17 December, 3pm – 7pm
  • Crows Nest – Oliver Brown, 36-48 Alexander St, Crows Nest: Monday 21 December, 10am – 10:30am
  • Belrose – Anytime Fitness Belrose, Glenrose Shopping Centre, corner of Glen St and Glenrose Place, Belrose: Wednesday 9 December 9.30am – 11.30am, Friday 11 December 9.45am – 11.30am, Saturday 12 December 9.30am – 11.30 am, Monday 14 December 9.30am – 11.30am, Friday 18 December 9.30am – 11.30 am
  • Glebe – Sappho Books Café and Bar, 51 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe: Sunday 20 December, 11am – 12.30pm
  • Burwood – Hipster Clothing Store, Westfield Burwood, Shop 346, Level 2/100 Burwood Rd, Burwood: Saturday 19 December, 8am – 6pm
  • Auburn – Café Bodrum, 2/1 Mary St, Auburn: Monday 21 December, 2pm – 2.30pm – 
  • Chippendale – Central Park Food Court, 8 Central Park Ave, Chippendale: Thursday 17 December, 5pm – 6pm. 

Anyone who attended the following venue at the following times should monitor for symptoms and immediately get tested and isolate if they appear. If further symptoms appear, isolate and get tested again:

  • ServiceNSW Warriewood Square, Warriewood: Tuesday 15 December, 1:25pm – 2:05pm
  • Bistro, Hornsby Railway Hotel, Hornsby: ​Thursday 17 December, 6pm – 6:30pm 
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Sydney's famous Bondi Icebergs was closed for deep cleaning on Christmas Day. Diners there were exposed to a coronavirus-positive case on December 20 between 8am and 9.30am and December 21 between 7am and 8am

Sydney’s famous Bondi Icebergs was closed for deep cleaning on Christmas Day. Diners there were exposed to a coronavirus-positive case on December 20 between 8am and 9.30am and December 21 between 7am and 8am

Punters who attended the Paragon Hotel near Circular Quay in the Sydney CBD on December 16 have been told to self-isolate if they visited between 12.45pm to 3.30pm

Punters who attended the Paragon Hotel near Circular Quay in the Sydney CBD on December 16 have been told to self-isolate if they visited between 12.45pm to 3.30pm

Residents are seen exercising on Manly beachfront on Wednesday, their final day of lockdown before Christmas

Residents are seen exercising on Manly beachfront on Wednesday, their final day of lockdown before Christmas

What are the Christmas COVID restrictions for NSW? 

On December 24, 25 and 26, the following conditions will be in place:

For the Northern Beaches peninsula zone (North of Narrabeen Bridge, and east of the Baha’i Temple):

· There is a new reason for leaving home: to visit the home of others who live within this zone.

· Up to 5 visitors (total, including children) will be allowed in homes as long as they reside in the peninsula zone.

· People may not enter or leave this zone, unless for the four approved reasons already in place.

· On December 27, the region will revert to existing restrictions.

For the remainder (southern zone) of the Northern Beaches:

· There is a new reason for leaving home: to visit the home of others who live within this zone.

· Up to 10 visitors (plus primary school children and younger) will be allowed in homes. This may include people from outside this zone, not including the Northern Beaches peninsula zone.

· People who reside outside the northern beaches are allowed to visit others in this zone.

· Residents of this zone may not leave, unless for the four approved reasons already in place.

· We will reassess restrictions in this zone following Boxing Day.

For the Greater Sydney region, Central Coast, Wollongong and Nepean Blue Mountains:

· Current restrictions that were due to expire at midnight tonight will remain in place.

· However, primary school aged children and younger will be allowed on top of the current 10 visitors cap for homes.

· On December 27, the region will revert to existing restrictions.

Restrictions for Regional NSW remain unchanged.

In addition, as of 1 January 2021, hospitality venues and hairdressers will be required to use the NSW Government QR code system.

Decisions on New Year’s Eve and upcoming sporting events will be made after this Christmas period.  

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