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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.

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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 border restrictions: here are the new state and territory Covid rules for NSW travellers

New border measures have been introduced as Sydney’s northern beaches Covid cluster continues to grow. Here’s what we know about the current rules

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As the coronavirus cluster on Sydney’s northern beaches grows, other states and territories have introduced border closures and restrictions.

Here are the current border restrictions as of Sunday 20 December.

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Coronavirus Australia live news: NSW records 15 new cases as Gladys Berejiklian provides update on northern beaches cluster

All new Covid cases are linked to the existing northern beaches cluster after 38,000 tests were conducted. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

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Chant is asked what factors will determine whether restrictions will be lifted on Wednesday in time for Christmas.

The key things we’re looking for is whether we have any evidence of community spread outside the northern beaches. What we’re interested in is making sure that we don’t see any further transmission that is not linked exactly to the Avalon cluster.

Chant says that “a number” of the 15 new cases had already been in isolation before they were infectious – which is good to limit the spread.

The anecdotal feedback from the staff who are collating that is that a number of the cases have been isolating.

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Coronavirus Australia news: northern beaches cluster at 68; state borders close to Sydneysiders

All eyes will be on NSW today to see if new cases have spread beyond the northern beaches. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

The NSW bus drivers union has called on the government to make masks mandatory on public transport – when social distancing isn’t possible.

Masks are currently strongly recommended, but not compulsory in NSW. Buses and trains are also marked with spaced-out green spots recommending where people can sit to facilitate social distancing.

Two people have been issued penalty infringement notices and fined over allegedly breaching restrictions in the northern beaches.

A 60-year-old man from Padstow and a 39-year-old woman from Bankstown – both in Sydney’s south-west – were fined after they were stopped in Manly on East Esplanade at 4pm on Sunday afternoon.

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