Coronavirus Australia updates LIVE: Sydney’s northern beaches under new restrictions as cluster grows


  • NSW recorded nine new locally acquired cases on Boxing Day, from nearly 40,000 tests on Christmas Day, and an additional six cases in hotel quarantine.
  • Sydney’s northern beaches will return to its pre-Christmas stay-at-home orders until midnight on December 30. 
  • The NSW Health Minister has condemned hundreds of revellers who gathered at Sydney’s Bronte Beach on Christmas Day, saying it could become a “super-spreader” event. 

NSW Health's latest contact and isolation list

On Saturday evening, NSW Health released a number of new and updated transport routes attended by confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Anyone who attended Cibo Cafe in North Sydney on December 16 between 12pm and 12.45pm is considered a close contact, and must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether a negative result is received.

Meanwhile, anyone who attended the following venues at the following times is a casual contact who must immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received:

  • Anytime Fitness Belrose, December 6 and 7 between 9.30am and 11.30am.
  • P’nut Street Noodles Thai Restaurant, Balmain, December 16 between 6pm and 6.15pm.
  • Belrose Hotel, Belrose, anyone who attended this venue during December should monitor for symptoms and immediately get tested if they appear.
  • Sir Reuben, Rozelle, December 20, between 11am and 11.30am.
  • Zeus Street Greek, Drummoyne, between December 22 between 6pm and 6.15pm
  • Balmain Post Office, Balmain, December 22 between 3.30pm and 4pm.

Anyone who attended the following venue at the following times should monitor for symptoms and immediately get tested and isolate if they appear. If further symptoms appear, isolate and get tested again:

  • Australian Red Cross Op Shop, Avalon Beach, December 15 between 1pm and 2pm.
  • Ian Potter Children's Wild Play Garden, Centennial Park, December 22 between 10am and 11.15am

A tale of two cities on Boxing Day

Crowds flocked to Parramatta and Chatswood for the Boxing Day sales on Saturday, but central Sydney was quieter after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian encouraged shoppers to stay at home.

High street retailers may have been feeling the pinch, but the Australian Retail Association said online sales had surged. NSW residents were still expected to spend $6.1 billion in the post-Christmas shopping period, up 4.4 per cent from last year.

Megan Gorrey has the full story.

Sydney’s CBD v Westfield Parramatta during the Boxing Day sales.Credit:

Beijing bans travel outside city for lunar new year

Beijing has urged residents not to leave the city during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays, implementing fresh restrictions after several new coronavirus infections.

Two domestic cases were reported on Friday, a convenience store worker and a Hewlett Packard Enterprise employee. Another two asymptomatic cases were discovered in Beijing earlier in the week.

To contain any new outbreaks, the government cancelled big gatherings such as sports events and fairs. Venues such as cinemas, libraries and museums have to operate at 75 per cent capacity, the government said.

Full report and other overseas updates here.

Beijing has imposed fresh restrictions following the detection of new cases.Credit:AP

Welcome to our live coverage for the day

Good morning, welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic today.

Here’s a look at the top headlines from the past 24 hours:

  • NSW recorded nine new locally acquired cases on Christmas Day, including six people in one household. Almost 40,000 people were tested.
  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian revealed the changes to the state’s lockdown restrictions for the next few days, with the northern beaches reverting to pre-Christmas stay-at-home orders.
  • Victoria celebrated recording zero new cases on Boxing Day, while Queensland reported one new case in hotel quarantine.
  • Shoppers were urged to avoid hitting the city streets for Boxing Day sales yesterday, with crowds reduced to just a trickle in the Sydney CBD for what is usually a bustling day of trade for retailers. It was a similar story in Melbourne, with the annual sales day off to a subdued start.
  • Australian golfing legend Greg Norman appears to have been struck down by COVID-19, posting a selfie to Instagram from his hospital bed.

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