NSW records 7 new cases from record 70,000 tests

New South Wales has recorded another seven cases of coronavirus overnight, after another record breaking day of testing.

Almost 70,000 people came forward to get tested in the last 24 hours, following similar figures throughout the whole week.

The cluster linked to the Northern Beaches area now sits at 108 cases.


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One of the new cases is a child, who’s understood to have become infected after visiting the Alimentari Cafe in Hopetoun Street, Paddington.

Another of the new cases is under investigation.

It comes as the Premier pleads with Sydney residents to sit out of the boxing day sales tomorrow if they’re showing any symptoms.

Gladys Berejiklian says it’s just not worth the risk.

“We know this is not the easiest message to give to those retailers but we want to discourage people go to the CBD tomorrow.

“If you’re going shopping in the CBD, make sure you wear a mask.

“We asked people to limit their activity, think twice for going to the CBD. We would prefer it if people did not go to the CBD,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant is also asking people to be safe while celebrating Christmas today.

“In terms of safe Christmas, please, limit your social interactions, there are limits on household gatherings, please respect them.

“This is a critical point in our response and if we work together we can decrease the chances of COVID spread.

“Even though it is raining today, we encourage people to use covered outdoor spaces including verandas where possible and if endorsed, make sure it is well ventilated including opening windows.

“Most importantly, do not risk passing on COVID to your friends and family. If you are in isolation, you have to stay in isolation,” Doctor Chant said.

NSW Health is expected to update the list of venues visited by infected people today.

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