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Sydney residents told 'limit your mobility' over Christmas to fight virus spreading

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Sydney residents told 'limit your mobility' over Christmas to fight virus spreading

The six crew members have remained on the yacht and are being tested.

"I have seen the positive sewage results and we have seen people return from the Northern Beaches and Sydney".

The Avalon cluster reached 97 infections on Wednesday, as Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced she would ease lockdown restrictions for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. "We do not know how this is linked to the Avalon cluster".

Six cases are still under investigation in NSW, including two people who are employed as patient-transport workers.

Two global airline crew members have tested positive for COVID-19 after touching down in Melbourne, as Victoria removed a "loophole" that allowed them to skip hotel quarantine.

An alert has also been issued for Sydney's CBD after a man who works in the area tested positive.

"I do not think anybody is having a normal Christmas today across NSW and I want to thank everybody for your patience and the way we have worked together", she said. Everyone who was on-board will be tested.

Lieutenant-General John Frewen, head of the ADF's COVID-19 taskforce, has defended the decision not to accept Victoria's request for 200 to 300 troops at the NSW-Victoria border, saying it wasn't a top priority.

Victoria's COVID testing program commander Jeroen Weimar asked people to show some discretion in their Christmas cuddling.

"We have been in contact with retailers to make sure there is a social distancing and ... all people and staff and people shopping should be wearing a mask inside those venues", she said.

Eleven of the new COVID-19 cases arrived from outside the mainland, the commission said in its daily report.

The state recorded nine new locally acquired coronavirus cases yesterday.

NSW Health said a record 60,000 coronavirus tests were carried out in the 24 hours to 8.00 p.m. (0900 GMT) Wednesday.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian will outline the new figures at 11am (AEDT).

There are no changes to those in regional NSW.

All Sydneysiders are being warned to limit their mobility over the Christmas break, but particularly on the city's northern beaches.

The approach has split the northern beaches into two communities, with the toughest conditions reserved for those living north of the Narrabeen Bridge.

In the lower half of the northern beaches, households are allowed 10 visitors.

Current restrictions for the rest of the city will remain largely the same - 10 people per household, but children under 12 don't count. However, residents will be allowed five visitors from December 24 to 26, but those visitors must be from within the northern area. The catch? Residents of the southern area aren't permitted to leave. Either way, Sydney's northern beaches residents will likely welcome tweaks to COVID-19 lockdown over Christmas. Check your jurisdiction's restrictions on gathering limits.

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