New South Wales has recorded 18 new cases of coronavirus overnight as the latest outbreak spreads outside Sydney’s northern beaches.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said nine of the cases were linked to the Avalon cluster while six came from a single family in Croydon in Sydney’s inner west.
Three of the cases are under investigation, including two linked to a case recorded in Wollongong yesterday.
“We’ve seen a proliferation of cases outside the northern beaches overnight,“ Ms Berejiklian said.
“We anticipate that because of the nature of that extended family’s movements, there will be more cases from that cluster.”
The NSW Government also announced more New Years Eve restrictions for Sydney will be enforced after the “proliferation of cases”.
Household gatherings in Greater Sydney are now limited to five people inside, down from 10, and 30 outdoors, down 50.
On the northern beaches, gatherings of five people will be permitted.
This latest surge in cases come just ten days after WA reinstated its hard border with New South Wales.
WA Premier Mark McGowan reinstated the hard border with NSW at 12.01am on December 20, in response to the original outbreak at Avalon.
Yesterday, WA Health Minister Roger Cook said border restrictions would not be lifted until NSW went 28 days with no community spread of the virus.
Under current health advice, NSW would be re-classified from “medium risk” to “low risk” once the 14-day rolling average of new locally-acquired cases falls below 5.
That would allow a return to exemption free travel, although anyone arriving in WA from NSW would be required to self-isolate for 14 days.