NSW records 18 new COVID-19 cases as restrictions are tightened

The state of NSW has recorded a further 18 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced nine of the new cases are linked to the existing cluster in Avalon in the Northern Beaches.

She announced six other cases are an extended family which is now known as the Croydon cluster.

“All six are members of the same family, extended family group. And we anticipate because of the nature of that extended family’s movements that there will be more cases from that cluster,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The Croydon cluster is of concern because there are no direct links at this stage.

“All six are members of the same family, extended family group.”

Two others cases include a woman in her 50s and her household contact, a woman in her 20s.

The surge in cases has led Ms Berejiklian to announce further restrictions to households in Greater Sydney.

All households in Greater Sydney, that includes Wollongong, the Central Coast, and the Nepean and Blue Mountains, as well as the southern part of the Northern Beaches, so the southern zone of the Northern Beaches, will now be limited to five people per household on New Year’s Eve,” she said.

Obviously in the Northern Beaches, you cannot welcome anybody to your home that’s outside your zone.”