Three new cases of COVID-19 related to Sydney’s northern beaches were recorded overnight, but three more infections outside of the cluster remain unrelated Important points: The three unrelated cases are believed to have been in the CBD from Sydney The Prime Minister has after 16000 tests in the last 24 hours, further tests required NSW police confirmed that the bride and groom were from northern beaches at a wedding in Pyrmont>

The three cases on the northern beaches were recorded before 8:00 p.m. yesterday and were linked to the Avalon outbreak and already isolated

Three more cases were diagnosed after 8:00 p.m. in Wollongong, Sydney’s Inner West and Sydney’s Northern Suburbs

Contact tracers are still working to determine if these cases are linked to the Avalon cluster

At 5:00 p.m., NSW Health issued several health warnings for venues in Wollongong, the nearby suburb of Figtree and Mona Vale on the northern beaches

Anyone who has visited the following venues during the times listed must be immediately tested and self-isolated until they receive further advice from NSW Health:

Anyone who has been to any of the following venues during the times listed is considered an occasional contact and must be tested and isolated immediately until a negative result is received:

Authorities believe the three cases outside of the northern beach cluster spent time in downtown Sydney

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said this underscores the need for the entire state to be on high alert

“Ironically, over time, the threat to Greater Sydney is becoming almost as great as parts of the northern beaches,” she said

“You may think you are in a remote part of NSW or in a regional community, but you may have been with someone who has been to a different part of the state where they could have acquired the virus Please be informed and on high alert “

There were around 16000 tests conducted, but the Prime Minister said the numbers should be much higher

“We want the moderate test levels to return to high test levels [which] gives us some confidence that we are approaching all of these opportunities to find the missing strain of the virus”Ms. Berejiklian said

Dr Chant said she’d get the test rates between Aug.000 and 30000 a day “like to see”

Ms. Berejiklian said she was “appalled” that people on the northern beaches were resisting orders to attend a wedding in Pyrmont last Sunday

NSW police confirmed the bride and groom were two of 12 residents of the northern beaches at the wedding and were fined for violating public health regulations

“The church, by and large, has made great sacrifices over a considerable period of time [this] is the kind of behavior we want to discourage, “he said

“We don’t want you to endanger people by acting in ways that expose others to the virus So it is inappropriate behavior that we saw before “

The wedding took place at Doltone House in Pyrmont and the alleged perpetrators live in Allambie Heights, Frenchs Forest, Beacon Hill and Narraweena

A spokesman for Doltone House said the bride told the venue that she and her immediate family had been away from the northern beaches to comply with public health regulations

“Had we been aware that the information the couple provided us with was incorrect, we would have taken the necessary steps,” said the spokesman

Ms. Berejiklian offered a message of support to residents on the northern beaches who had stayed home and acknowledged that frustrations were mounting

“We encourage businesses to keep acting, and the New South Wales government is considering options on how they can be helped”

It was announced yesterday that the orders for the stay at home until January for the southern zone of the northern beaches and until 9 January will remain in place for the northern zone

Dr Chant said none of the 122 active COVID-19 cases are in intensive care and 97 percent are being treated on non-acute hospital care

“So it is important that we do not assume that COVID is a mild disease, but that it can have tragic and devastating consequences,” she said

The Prime Minister said she would support the federal government’s visa cancellation for all backpackers attending a meeting in Sydney’s Bronte Beach on Christmas Day

Immigration Secretary Alex Hawke said earlier earlier today the government will evaluate anyone with a temporary visa who has breached public health regulations in the run-up to the New Year celebrations, including those found to have breached the regulations last week

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