NSW Premier announces 15 new cases, all linked to Avalon cluster

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced 15 new locally acquired COVID cases reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday night, all linked to the Avalon cluster.

More than 38,000 people came forward for testing in the last 24 hours reporting period, Ms Berejiklian said.

Northern beaches residents queue for COVID-19 testing in Frenchs Forest.Credit:Sam Edmonds

The Premier said to expect more venues to be added to NSW Health's list of places that COVID cases visited while infectious, including sites outside the northern beaches.

Ms Berejiklian said the government would consider the level of restrictions needed for Christmas in the coming days.

She urged people to wear face masks at all times in public indoor spaces and on public transport, including grocery stores and places of worship.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro urged people living in Sydney to get tested, and consider not visiting regional and rural NSW.

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant confirmed 83 cases have been linked to the Avalon cluster.

Dr Chant said it was critical that people who have left the northern beaches since December 10 also follow the current public health orders as if they still resided in the northern beaches: only leaving their home for essential reasons.

There is concern that the virus may have spread beyond the northern beaches.

Five cases have now been linked to Turramurra Salon for hair and an additional case has been linked to the Rose of Australia Hotel in Erskineville, Dr Chant said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said people giving false names and phone numbers to venues must stop. He said people calling themselves Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse "is as stupid as it gets".

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