NSW reported eight new coronavirus cases on Wednesday when Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced slightly relaxed restrictions on Sydney during the Christmas break

The northern beaches will be split into two zones at Narrabeen Bridge on Thursday, with the beaches in the northern part of the region (north of the bridge and east of the Baha’i Temple on Mona Vale Road) essentially closed / p>

From Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, the southern part of the northern beaches together with Sydney will allow 10 guests to enter their house. If the existing restrictions are slightly relaxed, children under 12 will not count towards the 10 for these three days

In the northern part, five people can visit their house during the Christmas season, but they must all live in this part of the Northern Beaches administrative district

“We have done a lot of thinking about the logic and have come to the conclusion that we want to reduce the likelihood that a venue outside of the northern beaches will have a fall and then spread,” the prime minister said, adding children below 12 was known to be “not a major carrier of the disease”

All residents of the northern beaches are not allowed to leave the area The Home Public Health Ordinance will be amended to allow home visits within the portion of the northern beaches for everyone over Christmas, but will otherwise remain in place

Ms Berejiklian said the restrictions would be reassessed on Saturday while the northern part of the beaches and greater Sydney area will return to their restrictions from earlier this week, the southern part can join Sydney’s rules instead

“While we appreciate the modest changes we made over the next three days, we also accept and respect the fact that many families and individuals may not take this opportunity because they have concerns about vulnerable members her family or because they are concerned about acquiring or contributing to its transmission, “she said

Health Secretary Brad Hazzard said people over 70 or with comorbidities should “seriously” consider bringing guests to their home this weekend

“If so, try outside in the fresh air – maybe on a balcony, maybe outside somewhere – so you minimize the risks,” Hazzard

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said people would be discouraged from visiting elderly care facilities on the northern beaches during the Christmas break, although guidance would be provided after consulting with the elderly care industry, particularly for the southern portion of the northern beaches

“The risk is too high,” she said. “There will be exceptions in all cases where someone is at the end of his life and we have to take a pragmatic perspective”

Seven of the eight new cases on Wednesday were linked to the Northern Beaches cluster, which now has 97 cases.The eighth locally acquired case is a contact from health workers in west Sydney involved in patient transport and the source of their infection is still being investigated

Another eight cases have been reported in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of cases in the state since the pandemic started to 4616

NSW has more than 42 on Tuesday000 tests recorded in the 24 hours up to 8 p.m. after 44 in the last 24 hours466 tests were reported

Dr Chant has particularly urged Central Coast residents to come forward for tests after two cases have been linked to the area, virus fragments detected through wastewater tests in the Gosford area

A Central Coast resident is from the Northern Beaches cluster, and another case from Sydney’s west visited Avoca, said Dr Chant

“So there is an explanation for this, but we want to be careful,” she said The Central Coast is currently subject to coronavirus restrictions in the greater Sydney area

Dr Chant said Wednesday morning that a member of the Qantas flight crew tested positive for coronavirus the person flew on Jan. December from Darwin to Sydney, and NSW Health will be in touch with its Northern Territory counterparts to follow up contacts, said Dr Chant

Qantas said cabin crew were working on a return flight from Paris to Darwin before traveling to Sydney, where they self-isolated, the airline said it will provide NSW Health with a flight manifest to share with other passengers can perform contract tracking on the Dawin-Sydney flight

All companies are expected to January use the Service NSW QR code app, whereby the state government is dissatisfied with the level of compliance

“Our health team was just brilliant: we have to make their job easier,” said the Prime Minister

“We’ve given companies so much time to meet requirements and make sure the QR codes are in place, but we’re still not happy with the level of compliance”

“Put a sticker on a table and expect people to remember that when there is a pandemic, that just doesn’t happen”

Residents of local governments on the northern beaches, which stretch from Pittwater to Manly, were told Saturday they would be subject to a strict lockdown until 11 a.m. Contact tracers assessed the spread of a coronavirus cluster at 5 p.m. on Wednesday that was discovered in Avalon last week

When ordering to stay at home, residents were only allowed out of the house to play sports, seek medical help, provide care, visit work when not possible, and get food just a few days later or buy other important goods and services for Christmas

This week, the prime minister urged anyone who has been working since Jan. December on the northern beaches was up to behave as if subject to the order

A Public Health Ordinance was also passed for Sydney, the Central Coast, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains on Sunday, restricting household gatherings to 10 guests and reintroducing the four-square-meter rule for all indoor spaces

Since the cluster was discovered last week, every other state and territory has placed travel restrictions on people from NSW, ruining Christmas plans for many with interstate families.

There have been two cases of someone connected to the cluster traveling interstate: a woman who tested for the virus in Queensland before returning to NSW last week and a 15-year-old girl dating Melbourne, who had vacationed with her mother in the US Northern Beaches

The girl’s close contacts all tested negative, Victorian health officials reported late Tuesday. They will be quarantined for 14 days and will be released on Nov. Retested day

There are currently 300 people in Victoria who have visited exposure sites in NSW The Victorian government said all were isolated and worked with public health officials

Victoria registered a new case of coronavirus in hotel quarantine on Wednesday and no new locally acquired cases The state now has 10 active cases

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