BREAKING: COVID-19 reaches Sydney’s southern suburbs as total cases hit 28

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The COVID-19 infection has spread to outside the clustered Northern Beaches area, with a positive COVID case visiting Cronulla RSL on Wednesday, 18 December.

In a press conference led by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, it was announced that the total number of COVID-19 cases in NSW has extended from 18 to 28.

Up to 8pm last night, there were 15 locally acquired cases linked to the cluster, the two from the previous day brought it to 17.

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There was one additional case in a person who travelled to Queensland, who also obtained it from that cluster.

Then, from 8pm last night to now, there has been 10 additional cases, meaning in the past 48 hours, 28 cases have been attributed to the cluster.

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP.

The premier urged all northern beaches residents stay home as the state works to get on top of its cluster.

“As soon as NSW Health gets that information about that venue or that someone has acquired the disease, you will get it in real time, the same time as I do,” she said.

“But to avoid confusion, we will be doing one daily update at 11am on the numbers.”

Cronulla RSL announced on their Facebook page that a confirmed case had visited their venue on Wednesday, the 16th of December 2020. A timeframe has yet to be provided.

One of the cases linked to the Avalon cluster had already flown to Queensland before contact tracers could get in touch with them.

The NSW Premier said they will be cracking down on international aircrews landing in Sydney from Tuesday, putting them into police-managed hotel quarantine.

“The issue isn’t the guidelines, it’s unfortunately when people breach the guidelines or choose not to self-isolate,” she said.

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