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Australia coronavirus live: NSW reports eight more Covid cases as premier modifies Christmas restrictions in Sydney

Sydney to keep 10-visitor rule but from 24-26 December children under 12 not counted; lockdown continues in half of northern beaches, but small Christmas gatherings allowed. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

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And in Queensland now, the state has registered one new positive case, acquired overseas and currently in hotel quarantine.

Coronavirus (#COVID19) case update 23/12.

New case acquired overseas and detected in hotel quarantine.

Detailed information about COVID-19 cases in Queensland can be found here: https://t.co/kapyXpSIAP pic.twitter.com/yC04lhUqZT

South Australia’s Parafield cluster has been declared “closed” by health authorities after the state marked four weeks since the last coronavirus case linked to the outbreak went into quarantine.

The cluster initially forced the state into a short lockdown, after health authorities linked positive cases to a cleaner and a security guard at the Peppers medi-hotel, as well as the Woodville Pizza Bar.

The hard work of every South Australian, getting tested, keeping washing your hand, following all instructions, and a big thank you to my team in CDCB for doing all the fantastic contact tracing and SAPOL for their ongoing work with enforcement during this pandemic.

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Australia coronavirus live: Gladys Berejiklian to announce whether Sydney will spend Christmas Day with restrictions

City waits anxiously as NSW premier due to announce whether northern beaches can come out of lockdown; Labor calls for January vaccine rollout. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

Double-demerit points will come into force in NSW from midnight tonight, lasting until 3 January.

The extra demerits apply to speeding, seatbelt, mobile phone and motorcycle helmet offences, and police are targeting speeding as well as drink, drug, dangerous and distracted driving, AAP report.

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Australia coronavirus live: Sydney anxiously awaits Christmas Covid announcement

NSW premier due to announce what coronavirus restrictions will be in place on Christmas Day and whether northern beaches can come out of lockdown. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus today. It’s Naaman Zhou here with you.

Sydney residents will find out today whether they will spend Christmas under Covid restrictions. The NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has promised a decision today on whether restrictions, which are due to expire at midnight tonight, will go into Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and even potentially the new year.

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Australia coronavirus live: NSW records eight new Covid cases as Avalon cluster grows to 90

Victoria reports one Covid case as number of new infections in NSW falls for a second day, and 350 people released in South Australia after being incorrectly quarantined. Follow the latest updates

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Sydney actor Blake Davis has been found not guilty of murdering a home intruder with a samurai sword.

AAP has the story:

NSW Health has issued a new health alert, with updated venues in Gundagai – where the teenager who tested positive in Victoria visited – and in Orange, which was visited by a close contact of the healthcare worker who tested positive today.

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Australia coronavirus live: NSW records eight new Covid cases as Gladys Berejiklian gives update

Victoria reports one Covid case as the number of new cases in NSW falls for a second day. Follow all the latest news and updates, live
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• Border restrictions: the new state and territory rules for NSW travellers
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Chant is asked about hotel quarantine, given two different airport workers have now seemingly contracted the virus from returned travellers in the past week.

“Clearly there’s some leakage in the system,” she is asked.

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant has confirmed that a Victorian, who was visiting the northern beaches and returned home and later tested positive, stopped at Gundagai on the way home.

Earlier, neither the Victorian health minister Martin Foley nor Covid response leader Jeroen Weimar could confirm whether the town was Gundagai or Gunnedah.

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Australia coronavirus live: Victoria reports one Covid case amid pressure on NSW to tighten restrictions

Sydneysiders anxiously await Gladys Berejiklian’s 11am coronavirus update. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

And on that news, the Victorian health minister, Martin Foley, and chief health officer Prof Brett Sutton will hold a press conference at 10am.

Victoria has today recorded a new Covid-19 case, acquired on the northern beaches of Sydney. The person is in quarantine.

“Victoria has recorded 0 cases in 53 days, however one positive case from a returned Victorian traveller was acquired within the Northern Beaches area of NSW,” the health department said.

Yesterday there were 0 new local cases and no lives lost. 1 new case was acquired interstate, 2 international – these cases are in quarantine. 15,521 test results were received. If you have symptoms, get tested and stay home. https://t.co/lIUrl0ZEco #COVID19Vic pic.twitter.com/m7VzFfS3BV

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