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New South Wales has recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, all of which have been linked to the Northern Beaches group.

There are now 83 cases linked to the group, but the exact source of the outbreak is still under investigation, said Dr. Kerry Chant, NSW’s Chief of Health.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says 15 new COVID-19 cases have been linked to the Northern Beaches group. December 21, 2020. (Nine)

State Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said today’s numbers are a “nice” reduction from yesterday’s case numbers, when 30 new infections were announced.

A record number of people have also come forward for testing, with 38,000 people taking the tests in the past 24 hours.

“To date, each and every case that we have had to date has been related to the Avalon cluster, and that is how we want to maintain it,” Berejiklian said.

“Although obviously some places outside the northern beaches have been affected and there is a problem that health officials are going through today.”

More cases linked to Sydney locations

Five of the new cases have been linked to the Turramurra Salon For Hair on Sydney’s Upper Norther Shore.

“People who attended any time between Tuesday, December 15, and Friday, December 18 are close contacts and need to be tested and isolated for 14 days from the last time they were there,” Dr. Chant said.

Another case has also been linked to the Rose of Australia hotel in Erskineville.

“That makes it more urgent for everyone in that place to be, in fact, a close contact.

“If you were there on the night of December 15 between 7pm and 9pm, you are a close contact and you need to get tested and isolate yourself immediately, and I can thank everyone who already adhered to that or responded to the message, “Dr. Chant said.

New South Wales Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro has urged people to be sensible when traveling to parts of the New South Wales region.

“A message for those who live in the outer metropolitan area of ​​Sydney,” said Barilaro.

“Be mature. Be understanding that it might cause some risk and anxiety, so if you have any symptoms, get tested.

“Change your travel plans and you may not visit the New South Wales region until we fix this.”

‘Final call’ at Christmas will be held on Wednesday

Ms Berejiklian said that while she is pleased that the number of new cases has halved overnight, “the results of one day do not tell us that it is a trend.”

“Obviously, we have halved the number of cases overnight, but in a pandemic, there is a level of volatility, so we will be closely monitoring what obviously happens until 8pm tonight and do a last call on Wednesday morning. ” she said.

“I appreciate how frustrating it is and would love to be able to tell everyone today what Christmas will be like in New South Wales or on the North Beaches.

“But we are not yet in a position to do so.”

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