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Berejiklian hopes it does not come to enforcing strict lockdown rules in the northern beaches. She says the community has responded well so far so she did not feel there was a need to go down the “mandatory path” but “we will if we have to”.

“I can’t rule out that option until we know what the next 24 to 48 hours looks like.”

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“We can’t risk that…the infection rates in North America and in Europe are going through the roof.”

Cars are seen lining up at a COVID-19 pop-up testing drive-thru station in Avalon on December 18, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images

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Berejiklian is stressing that the existing systems were not the problem, but compliance with those systems. Because crews were able to stay at more than 20 hotels, it was difficult to check up on them. She is also emphasising that does not mean the infection has been confirmed to have come from airline workers.

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Berejiklian confirms that from Tuesday there will be only two hotels where aircrew will be allowed to stay, and they will be near the airport, making it easier for police and health officials to check up on them.

“It means there will be better compliance.”

Premier Gladys Berejiklian talking at the press conference today regarding the Avalon cluster. Photograph: ABC

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Chant confirms that a person from the Avalon RSL cluster was contacted in Queensland by contact tracers, and told to come back to NSW. They had flown to Queensland, but drove back, and received the positive test result during the drive back.

Authorities are now contact tracing those on the plane.

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“This is a journey for everybody. Be on it and get tested.”

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“This is a salutary reminder that we are in a one-in-100-year pandemic,” Hazzard adds.

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‘Complacency just cannot continue’: Brad Hazzard

Health minister Brad Hazzard is up. He’s speaking about an “avalanche” of complacency across Sydney.

“Complacency just cannot continue.”

NSW health minister Brad Hazzard. Photograph: James Gourley/AAP

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“We are at the moment looking for where that potentially could have matched. We have found a case in a returned traveller … It is similar to a strain we have seen in a returned traveller [from] early December,” Chant says.

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Cluster linked to US strain of virus

Chant confirms genomic sequencing appears to indicate the cluster is linked to a strain of the virus from the United States. Still unclear how it has arrived in NSW.

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NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant is giving an update. She says no further cases are linked to the airport bus driver who tested positive earlier this week.

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Berejiklian urges leaders of other states and territories to implement “measured” and “proportionate” responses to the outbreak.

She said vast parts of the state were completely unaffected, and people living there who had gone through months of “torture” should be free to see their loved ones.

She agreed with any action that related to declaring the northern beaches as a hot spot.

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“We do have the potential to get on top of it, but it does require hard work on the behalf of all of us.”

A general view is seen of Avalon Beach RSL Club on December 18, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images

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She says that some businesses have been great at keeping records of customers with QR codes, but others have been “hopeless”

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Berejiklian says do not go on public transport, to supermarkets, or places of worship without masks.

“Nobody should be getting on public transport without a mask … It would just be crazy if people are undertaking those activities without wearing a mask.”

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10 new cases overnight, premier says

Confirming again Berejiklian says 10 new cases overnight, for a total of 28.

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The premier is urging people in the northern beaches to stay away from high-risk places so we can “get on top of this” in the next couple of days.

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