NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian is resisting pressure to force Sydney into lockdown, mandate masks and ban crowds at the Sydney Cricket Ground as the number of COVID-19 cases grows from zero to 170 in two weeks.
The fallout of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations won’t be known for several days, with health authorities facing an anxious wait to determine whether the rules banning crowds from the harbour foreshore and limiting house gatherings were enough to prevent further outbreaks.
NSW Health reported 10 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 on the last day of 2020 from 27,894 tests. Three cases are linked to the Croydon cluster. All were extended family members of the initial six cases.
Five cases are linked to the Avalon cluster and one to a medical transport worker who most likely caught the virus from one of the COVID-positive returned travellers they were moving. A tenth case is a man from western Sydney whose source of transmission is under investigation.