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Sydney on Alert as Second Cluster of Covid-19 Cases Emerges

  • Household gatherings restricted to 5 guests for New Year’s Eve
  • ‘Just stay home,’ New South Wales premier urges Sydneysiders
Large crowds at Bondi Beach in Sydney on Dec. 27.

Large crowds at Bondi Beach in Sydney on Dec. 27.

Photographer: Mark Evans/Getty Images 

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A second cluster of Covid-19 infections has emerged in Sydney, prompting authorities to further tighten restrictions on New Year’s Eve parties in an effort to prevent a wider outbreak.

Eighteen new local cases of the virus were reported overnight, New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters. Nine of those were in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where the cluster now stands at 138 and some 250,000 people remain under lockdown.