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Gladys Berejiklian Tightens NYE Restrictions Across Greater Sydney

Gladys Berejiklian Tightens NYE Restrictions Across Greater Sydney

Greater Sydney and Southern Northern Beaches will now only be allowed five visitors in households during New Year's Eve.

Jessica Lynch

Jessica Lynch

Residents of Greater Sydney have been hit with tightened restrictions just days ahead of New Year's Eve after Gladys Berejiklian revealed on Wednesday that there had been 18 new coronavirus cases reported overnight in NSW.

Of the 18 cases, nine locally acquired cases have beeb linked to the Avalon cluster, with eight of these cases already isolating for their full infectious period.

As per The Guardian, six locally acquired cases - three adults and three children - are all members of the same extended family and are linked to a cluster in Sydney's Inner West whose source is still under investigation. One of these cases was first reported yesterday morning.

Three further locally acquired cases are under investigation.

As well as this, two cases are from the Wollongong area and one is from northern Sydney. One of the cases from Wollongong and the northern Sydney case were first reported yesterday morning.

As a result, Berejiklian announced a change to previously stated NYE restrictions, saying those located in Greater Sydney and the Southern Zone of the Northern Beaches will now be limited to just five visitors on New Year's, after previously being allowed 10.

Outdoor gathering limits across Greater Sydney have also been decreased from 50 down to 30 people.

Berejiklian said: "We don't want New Year's Eve to be the cause of a super-spreader.

"The strongest message to everybody across New South Wales no matter where you are - is please limit your activity and your mobility."

The restrictions match those currently faced by locals living in the Northern Zone of the Northern Beaches, who currently also are limited to five visitors to their home during New Years celebrations.

Dr. Kerry Chant also implored Sydneysiders to get tested for Covid even if symptoms were mild, saying that increased testing numbers will give authorities the confidence to relax household gathering limits.

"I can't stress enough as the premier has indicated, the higher the rates of testing, the greater assurance we have that we are not missing ongoing chains of transmission," Chant said.

"We may not be able to perfectly map out the transmission chains that have occurred before, we are doing our utmost to determine and detect and link all of those cases, but we may not be able to.

"But what is most important at the moment is that we break all current chains of transmission. And that is the basis for the limiting the household visitor numbers."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: covid, Coronavirus, Sydney, Australia