COVID UPDATE - Wednesday December 23
CHANGES TO CHRISTMAS RESTRICTIONS
Firstly, the good news is that NSW recorded only 8 new cases of community transmission over the past 24 hours, despite another massive day of testing (42,000). This is another sign that the Northern Beaches outbreak is being contained.
Secondly, there will be no changes to restrictions in the Lake Macquarie-Hunter Region for Christmas. That means you can still have 50 people at your home if you have an outdoors area, or 30 people if you don't. You can also have up to 100 people in a local park or reserve if it's in Lake Macquarie.
The restrictions for Greater Sydney and the Central Coast Council area are different. They will be allowed 10 people plus any children aged under 12 on December 24, 25 and 26 only. Again, please bear in mind that this only relates to those in the Central Coast Council area and Sydney, and not the Lake Mac Council area which includes Wyee and Wyee Pt.
As I mentioned earlier, just the 8 new cases of community transmission and a further 8 among the returned overseas travellers over the past 24 hours. The excellent news is that all of those cases are on the Northern Beaches and there is not a single case of community transmission outside of that area.
Locally, the Hunter-New England region has now gone 138 days without a locally-acquired case.
Australia's death toll remains at 908 with 55 in NSW and 820 in Victoria.
NSW now has 103 active cases (as at 8pm) and Victoria has 10. There are 10 active cases in QLD, 10 in WA, 3 in SA, 1 in TAS and 9 in the NT. The ACT has zero. (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.)
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.