NSW health authorities are scrambling to source three COVID-19 cases diagnosed without an immediate link to Sydney’s northern beaches cluster.
One of the three COVID-19 cases diagnosed in NSW after 8pm on Monday lives in Wollongong on the state’s south coast, though they had recently visited Sydney. The others live in Sydney’s inner west and north.
Close-contact health alerts were subsequently issued on Tuesday afternoon for two Greek Orthodox churches in Wollongong on December 27 – St Nektarios Church and The Holy Cross Church.
Casual-contact alerts also apply for several venues at Figtree, including Figtree Grove Shopping Centre, Mona Vale and Wollongong.
The NSW Premier will provide a LIVE COVID update at 11am. You can watch it right here.
The SCG Test will go ahead after marathon talks were held by Cricket Australia officials, 7NEWS understands.
CA’s board met late on Tuesday night to weigh up whether to keep the match in Sydney or play it at the MCG.
Crucial to the decision was not only the current COVID-19 cluster on Sydney’s northern beaches, but also the closed Queensland border ahead of the fourth Test in Brisbane.
However, CA officials on Tuesday night deemed it possible to complete the summer with the match in Sydney going ahead as planned from January 7.
It’s understood the NSW Government was informed on Tuesday night, and the onus is now on the Queensland Government to determine how it will move ahead with the fourth Test in Brisbane.
As part of the decision, crowds are expected to be capped at 50 per cent.