Northern beaches residents urged to wear masks

As authorities continue their hunt for “patient zero” in NSW’s latest COVID-19 outbreak, health authorities have recommended stricter measures to prevent a rise in cases over the weekend.

Residents in the Northern Beaches LGA have been asked today to wear a mask even when indoors for at least the next 72 hours, except when in your own home.

With the current number of cases standing at 28, NSW Health advised people to stay home this weekend.

Anyone in the state with even the mildest symptoms is being urged to get tested and self-isolate until their test results are returned.

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Along with the current advice, NSW Health issued a lengthy list on Friday afternoon specifying which venues were visited by confirmed cases.

A number of potential sites stretching from Sydney’s northern beaches to Bondi Junction, Cronulla and Queensland were mentioned.

They include numerous places around the northern beaches, but also Cronulla RSL Club, Westfield Bondi Junction, a Turramurra hair salon, a Woolloomooloo restaurant and other venues and transport routes around Sydney.

The visits spanned the period between December 11 and December 16.

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Sydneysiders have heeded the warnings overnight, with photos showing the northern beaches community in a “voluntary” lockdown as the state government responds to the outbreak of cases in the area.

The usually packed Manly Corso area was deserted on Friday night after 28 cases of coronavirus were linked to the beachside suburbs.

Across the northern beaches, the majority of pubs also opted to close. Beaches have been closed to the public.

The northern beaches coronavirus cluster stands at 28 cases, with authorities expected to announce more infections on Saturday morning.

The case numbers will be updated at 11am.

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