New South Wales allowed to celebrate Christmas after recording eight new coronavirus cases | Ralph Lauren

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New South Wales has recorded eight cases of local transmission in NSW overnight, seven linked to the Avalon cluster.

The state’s premier Gladys Berejiklian also revealed how Sydneysiders would be allowed to celebrate Christmas amid the city’s coronavirus outbreak.

“In relation to Greater Sydney, there will be no changes but for one tweak and that is, on the 24th, 25th and 26th, you can have, 10 people into your home, but you will be able to have, in addition to that, children under 12,” she said.

It comes after eight cases were recorded in NSW on Tuesday as Sydneysiders are clung to the hope their Christmas celebrations may not need to be cancelled.

A sign on Pittwater Road instructs residents and visitors to stay home in the northern beaches of Sydney.
Camera IconA sign on Pittwater Road instructs residents and visitors to stay home in the northern beaches of Sydney. Credit: DEAN LEWINS/AAPIMAGE

Premier Berejiklian previously said her Wednesday announcement would depend on whether the Avalon cluster had spread further.

“If it wasn’t this time of year, the decision (to ease restrictions) would be much easier,” she said.

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“But obviously we need to consider mental health issues, we need to consider what people are going through as part of that decision as well but we also need to consider what it means for our eight million citizens across the state.

“That’s why we will take the best advice available at that time and that’s why we always say that during a pandemic things evolve by the hour, things evolve by the day and we will base our decision on that best information we have (on Wednesday).”

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