Seven new cases in NSW - six linked to Northern Beaches cluster

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The decision to tighten restrictions comes as a cluster of cases on the city's northern beaches grew to 126 and a lockdown for several suburbs was extended until January 9. It has recorded just over 28,300 infections, the overwhelming majority in Victoria state, and 908 deaths.

"Our approach is to under-promise and over-deliver", Hunt said, reiterating that the government is sticking to a March timetable to start vaccinations.

"We've seen some very heartening reports over the weekend of an expected uptake of up to 80 per cent".

One vaccine has been developed by AstraZeneca and the UK's Oxford University and the other by Pfizer and BioNTech.

No more than 10 people, including children, can be in one household at a time. Most of the AstraZeneca purchase will be produced in Australia by CSL.

The AstraZeneca serums can be stored in a fridge while the Pfizer formulations have to be stored at -70C in specialised equipment. Meanwhile, authorities rushed to contain an outbreak of nearly 100 cases.

"We don't want to create any super-spreading events on New Year's Eve, which then ruins it for everybody across the state moving forward", Berejiklian said during a news conference.

NSW has cancelled plans to thank front line coronavirus workers by giving them a bird's eye view of Sydney's famous New Year's Eve fireworks.

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"We've abandoned our plans in terms of any foreshore viewing of the fireworks from the Sydney CBD, so that won't be allowed", the state leader of New South Wales, of which Sydney is the capital, Gladys Berejiklian, said.

Elsewhere, a woman who was found after fleeing hotel quarantine in Perth has been charged with failing to comply with a health direction and is due back in court on January 4.

In the last 24 hours, more venues and transport routes have been added to the list of COVID-19 exposure sites, including Zeus Street Greek in Drummoyne, Anytime Fitness Belrose and the B1-1 bus route covering Wynyard and Mona Value in both directions on 17 December.

Ms D'ubois faces a maximum penalty of $50,000 or 12 months in prison if convicted.

The new infection is in addition to the seven other locally acquired cases recorded in NSW today.

These restrictions will be lifted if no cases of community transmission are reported.

However, the young man in his 20s was not working when the firefighter attended the hotel on 11 December, or when another positive case visited the hotel's bottle shop on 17 December. Get tested immediately and self isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

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