December 23rd local time, the Governor of New South Wales, Belgicrian, announced that as of 8 p.m.
on the 22nd, more than 42,000 people had been tested for the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and eight new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were transmitted locally, including seven of which were related to the northern beach area of Sydney.
Local community infection is related. So far, the number of infected people in the local community of Sydney’s North Beach has risen to 97.
With the number of local infections recorded in single digits for two consecutive days, the NSW authorities relaxed some restrictions during the festival, and from the 24th to 26th, the limit on the number of family gatherings in the Greater Sydney area was changed from up to 10 to 10 adults plus children under the age of 12 (unlimited).
Residents of the northern beach area are still unable to leave the area, but the lockdown area is divided into two parts, one allowing family gatherings of up to 10 people and the other allowing family gatherings of up to five people. Other Australian states still have strict entry controls for people from the Greater Sydney area.