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Thousands of people on Sydney’s North Beaches have been asked to stay home as coronavirus the cluster grows in the area.

There are now 17 people linked to the cluster and the New South Wales government has requested that people in the area not leave their homes.

Anyone living from The Spit Bridge in Manly to Palm Beach has been asked to stay home.

NSW Health has advised anyone in the Northern Beaches Local Government Area, around 250,000 people, to follow the steps below for the next three days:

  • Work from home and stay at home as long as possible
  • Do not visit friends or family in old car facilities or hospitals unless essential
  • Avoid unnecessary meetings
  • Stay in your family group
  • Avoid visiting high-risk places, including clubs, restaurants, places of worship, and gyms.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips off the northern beaches
Long lines in line for a testing clinic on Sydney's North Beaches.
Long lines in line for a testing clinic on Sydney’s North Beaches. (9News)
Queues at Mona Vale Hospital tonight.
Queues at Mona Vale Hospital tonight. (9News)

NSW Health has also asked that people from outside the area not travel there if it is not essential.

Contact tracing is underway and more places in the area can be added to the alert list.

The queues at the test clinics have been growing throughout the afternoon, especially the one that was set up next to Avalon RSL, where the group is believed to have originated.

WA imposes new border control rules

These text messages are being sent by the WA authorities. (Supplied)

Western Australia has imposed coronavirus quarantine restrictions on arrivals to New South Wales in response to a new cluster of viruses on Sydney’s north beaches.

“Due to the evolving situation in New South Wales, with six locally acquired cases recorded so far, the state government is taking immediate action under its controlled border agreement to further protect WA,” said the WA Prime Minister, Mark McGowan, in a statement.

Shortly after McGowan’s statement was issued, it was announced that the Sydney group had grown to 17

  • Anyone who has arrived from NSW since December 11 or who was in NSW since December 11 and subsequently arrived in WA should self-quarantine in a suitable location as soon as possible;
  • This group of people must present for a COVID-19 test within the next 24 hours;
  • They will then need to return to self-quarantine until a negative test result is confirmed;
  • Anyone arriving directly from Sydney Airport or another Australian airport that has been to NSW on or after December 11, must take a COVID-19 test from this point on, either at Perth Airport upon arrival. or at another COVID clinic within 24 hours. the same self-quarantine requirement until a negative test result is confirmed.
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Tasmania Alert for New South Wales Travelers

Anyone who is already in Tasmania and has visited the places listed on Sydney’s North Beaches should isolate themselves immediately.

Travelers who have been in these facilities during the specified times are not allowed to enter Tasmania

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