Sydneysiders will find out before Christmas Day today if restrictions will change across town after new cases in NSW dropped to single digits Tuesday

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian will be under pressure to ease some restrictions, but the continued success of suppressing the transmission of the virus by the community is expected to be paramount

NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian with Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer, in the foreground Photo credit: Sam Mooy

“There is also an element that holds your nerve when you have confidence in your processes If you have confidence in your strategy, take that into account too, “Ms Berejiklian said

The Prime Minister has resisted calls to make face masks mandatory throughout the pandemic, despite just over 30 percent being used on public transportation this week

“Given where we are now, we believe very strongly – and I have used that word many times over the past few days – to have an appropriate response to what we are experiencing “She said

“If the case numbers went in the opposite direction, we would of course look at all of the settings”

We bring you the latest news from Berejiklian’s press conference, which is expected to take place in the morning as soon as it happens

Only one new case of COVID-19 was recorded in Victoria today – an overseas return to hotel quarantine

There are currently 10 active cases in the state, including nine in hotel quarantine and a 15-year-old girl who is being quarantined at home after contracting the virus in Sydney

NSW saw the most significant decrease in suicide deaths in a decade, with deaths dropping 5 percent between November 2019 and 2020

In the 12 months to November 2019, 853 people were killed by suicide and in the 12 months to November 2020, 807 people were killed A reduction of 46 lives, NSW government data released Tuesday shows

“These are the most notable numbers from the COVID-19 pandemic This is a moment to celebrate life,” said John Brogden, chairman of Lifeline Australia

“Hundreds of thousands of Australians have turned to Lifeline and other mental health services for help and got the help they needed when they needed it and stopped nearing suicide”

“I hope this is a turning point for mental health in Australia People in need of help were brave enough to get it through one of the toughest times of memory”

Calls from Lifeline have increased 20 percent over the past year as the service provided support to bushfire-hit communities and all Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mr Brogden said the data showed that people asked for help when they needed it and received it

“We also need to encourage Australians to bond with each other, especially during the holiday season. If you think someone is having problems please keep reaching out to them for assistance”

lifeline 13 11 14; Mensline 1300 789 978; Children’s hotline 1800 551 800; beyondblue 1,300 224 636; Domestic Violence Line 1800 65 64 63; 1800-RESPECT 1800 737 732

Union leader Anthony Albanese has urged the federal government to get the Pfizer vaccine to market faster

He said the federal government would make a decision regarding the Pfizer vaccine in January, but it won’t start rolling until March

“That doesn’t make sense. If the approval comes in January, it should urgently be introduced in January,” he told ABC News Breakfast. “And only 10 million cans are planned – clearly, we will need more and so need we’re getting more vaccines faster “

“If a vaccine were available there would be queues much longer than the lines that have had COVID tests done in places like the northern beaches and even the inner west for the past few days.

“This is affecting people’s lives, their mental health. All those people who are going to miss out on family Christmas dinner, and if the TGA approves the vaccine in January it will seem incredibly complacent to me when the government says, ‘No, we’ll just sit down a few more months before it’s available’ “

Victoria has around 20, according to test boss Jereon Weimar000 people tested who have returned from Sydney in the past few days

“These are the people who have returned to Victoria from the greater Sydney area over the weekend, including the weekend, and have done what we asked them to do,” he told Nine’s Today program,

Mr Weimar said it was almost 23 yesterday alone000 tests had been carried out but did not mention whether there were new cases to report today

Victoria recorded a total of three cases yesterday; two in hotel quarantine and one case in a 15-year-old returning traveler from NSW

As previously reported, there have been no other positive cases related to the Melbourne girl.Your close contacts will remain in quarantine for 14 days, and all secondary contacts were released from isolation on Tuesday after all negative test results were returned

“We are confident that we have good systems and processes to manage all of this,” said Weimar

“The young lady in question has done absolutely the right thing and she and her family are safe and sound We will continue to pursue all the other thousands of Victorians who have been to Sydney in the past few days”

Mr Weimar would not have a timetable for when Victoria could reopen its border with Greater Sydney and the Central Coast

“We’re not setting a specific timeline here. We’re monitoring the pattern of expansion in the Greater Sydney area, if any, very closely,” he said

“We’ll want to be sure that there is no underlying community broadcast before we consider easing measures here”

Infectious disease expert Mary-Louise McLaws says the restrictions placed on northern beaches should stay in place over the Christmas holidays and urged people to keep their celebrations small

“We’re looking for incubation times of at least a day or two, preferably 14 non-zero days, to make sure this large cluster on the northern beaches is ready,” she told the Today Show. “We have multiple locations outside of Sydney, who have not yet had a full incubation period to see whether or not more cases are coming from places like Paddington, Blacktown or Surry Hills “

“I would keep these restrictions, and certainly the greater Sydney restrictions of no more than 10 people at home, and I would suggest that we leave all of our family celebrations to the immediate family,” she said

Speaking of the eight locally acquired cases on Monday, she said it was a bearish trend but it was too early to judge from an outbreak management perspective

The Sydney Morning Herald photographers have documented northern beaches, empty airports, and bustling shopping malls.

A child’s drawing in a window store encourages shoppers to purchase and wear masksCredit: Nick Moir

The big question on Sydney’s northern beaches after the COVID-19 Christmas is what to do with the meat. Photo credit: James Brickwood

Westfield Shopping Center on Warringah Mall stands empty after Northern Beaches were closed Photo credit: Sydney Morning Herald

Secondary contacts of a 15-year-old Victorian girl who caught COVID-19 while traveling with family on Sydney’s northern beaches have been released from isolation

Late last night, the Victorian Health Department confirmed that all of the girl’s secondary contacts (close contacts) had been deleted after all negative test results were returned

The girl’s main close contacts, including her mother, will be quarantined for 14 days Retested Day No one has tested positive for COVID-19 so far

In other good news for Victoria, the department also confirmed that there are no case-related exposure sites in the state after reviewing cell phone data

According to NSW authorities, the family stopped at Oliver’s Real Food Outlet in Gundagai, north of the NSW border December crossed to Victoria

The family didn’t stop anywhere else on their drive home to Melbourne’s Moonee Valley Government District

The girl was born on Jan. December tested and should be on 19 December did not leave home

There are currently 300 people in Victoria who have visited exposure sites in NSW The Victorian government said all were isolated and worked with public health officials

The failure of the national cabinet to agree to a common definition of hotspots and rules for closing and opening borders destroys trust and destroys jobs, especially in the tourism industry, groups of companies have warned

Queensland and other states closed their borders to Sydney residents when coronavirus broke out on the city’s northern beachesCredit: Dan Peled

The Business Council of Australia and Tourism and Transport Forum have teamed up with farmers, restaurants, retailers and other industry associations to urge the national cabinet to urgently establish a nationally consistent and predictable set of rules to combat coronavirus outbreaks

“We cannot continue with a stop-start economy where families and businesses fall victim to inconsistent rules,” BCA executive director Jennifer Westacott writes today in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

COVID-19 has arrived at a remote Chilean military base in Antarctica On Monday, Chilean time, 36 people tested positive

According to the 5 Military section of the Chilean Army, quoted by Spanish-speaking media, the group that tested positive consists of military personnel and employees of an outside maintenance company 26 are military personnel and 10 are civilians

The number of new COVID-19 infections in NSW’s northern beaches is similar to the early days of the second wave breakout in Melbourne in June but does that mean NSW is expecting a similar ride?

It’s a complicated question, but a look at NSW’s data for last week, along with Victoria’s June numbers, can help answer it

However, there are many other factors that determine the spread of the virus and the data can only give us an up-to-date picture of where NSW is located.It should not be used to extrapolate what might happen next

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