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Australia coronavirus news live: Tighter restrictions in force for NYE as Sydney's Croydon cluster causes concern and Victoria announces new cases


People urged to stay home as investigation continues into source of new Croydon cluster in Sydney and cases in Melbourne. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

9.48pm GMT

These are the cases reported yesterday:

Yesterday there were 3 new local cases. There are 10 active cases in quarantine or self-isolation. 0 cases acquired interstate, 0 international. 13,097 test results received. Got symptoms? Get tested. More later: https://t.co/2vKbgKHFvv pic.twitter.com/Jv7FOutJio

9.45pm GMT

New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard’s comments this morning backing his government’s position not to mandate mask-wearing across Sydney have come amid a chorus of infectious disease experts calling for such a mandate.

Professor Catherine Bennett, Deakin University epidemiology chair, has noted that a third of Sydney’s Covid outbreak is outside the northern beaches.

Epidemiologist Professor Mike Toole has added his voice to the chorus of experts calling for crowds to be banned from the Sydney cricket test.

He says thousands of fans flocking to the SCG is “just too high a risk,” describing Sydney’s current COVID-19 situation as “delicate.” pic.twitter.com/TYTWnyW6x3

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