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

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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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