Covid update - Saturday
19th December 2020
COVID UPDATE - Saturday December 19
There are 23 new cases in Sydney’s Northern Beaches cluster. This includes the 10 announced yesterday and 13 new cases identified overnight. It is obviously a concern but tracing is working well and we’ll have a much clearer picture of the situation in the next few days.
People in the Northern Beaches council areas are now subject to the strict restrictions we saw in March and people can only leave their homes for essential purposes.
NSW Health says we can expect similar numbers tomorrow but we need to see a decline in those numbers next week if we’re to avoid tighter restrictions outside of the Northern Beaches.
Clearly, no one should travel to the Northern Beaches area.
The State border restrictions I mentioned in yesterday’s post remain in place. Anyone travelling interstate should check those restrictions before leaving home.
In better news, the Hunter-New England region has now gone 134 days without a locally-acquired case.
Australia's death toll remains at 908 with 55 in NSW and 820 in Victoria.
NSW also recorded 7 more cases among the returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine over the past 24 hours.
NSW now has 42 active cases (as at 8pm) and Victoria has 10. There are 14 active cases in QLD, 10 in WA, 4 in Tasmania and 10 in the NT. The ACT and SA have zero. Please bear in mind that all States except NSW include overseas traveller cases in their 'active case' numbers. In NSW, the traveller cases are included in the 'being treated' figure in the graphic below. Regardless, all of those cases are quarantined and contained.
Please continue to stay safe, vigilant, maintain the social distancing, and wear a mask if you have to visit places where social distancing is difficult.
Don't forget, if you have any symptoms, however minor, please self-isolate and get tested as soon as possible.