Sydneysiders are growing hopeful COVID-19 restrictions may relax in time for Christmas after the number of newly-reported cases fell despite record testing numbers.
NSW recorded 15 new locally-acquired cases on Monday amid a record of more than 38,500 tests in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday.
The state recorded 30 new cases in the previous 24-hour period.
The new cases were all connected to the northern beaches, taking the size of the cluster to at least 83.
However, causing concern is the creeping spread of the venues visited by confirmed cases, including a hospital on Sydney’s upper north shore.
The reduction has sparked hope Christmas won’t be cancelled for the greater Sydney region, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was too soon to tell.
NSW Premier will hold a press conference at 11am Tuesday. We will stream it LIVE right here.