17 new COVID cases diagnosed as part of ballooning Sydney cluster

Sydney’s coronavirus cluster has now exploded, with authorities confirming 17 cases have now been diagnosed today alone.

They’re all believed to be linked to each other, but the source of the cluster is currently unknown.

It’s understood authorities have asked around 250,000 residents between the Spit Bridge in Manly and Palm Beach to stay at home for three days.


Five cases had been diagnosed earlier today, with another 12 coming through this evening.

Authorities believe that an RSL in Avalon may be the common site for transmission, but this is yet to be confirmed.

It comes as Queensland prepares to declare a hotspot on the northern beaches, and perhaps even the entire Greater Sydney area.

The Queensland Premier has warned people against travelling there for now.

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