Coronavirus live news: UK deaths climb as Australia battles to contain Covid-19 cluster

Coronavirus live news: UK deaths climb as Australia battles to contain Covid-19 clusterDecember 19, 2020

Italy and Australia announce new lockdowns; France death toll surpasses 60,000; Sweden introduces tough new measures

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New South Wales health authorities have released new venues of concern visited by Covid-19 cases linked to the northern beaches cluster.

Anyone who has attended Sunset Diner, 41 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon Beach on Friday 11 December between 6.30pm – 8pm is considered a close contact and should get tested and isolate for 14 days even if they receive a negative result:

Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein has announced that all of greater Sydney is now considered medium-risk, as the northern beaches cluster continues to grow.

Arrivals from greater Sydney will need to quarantine for 14 days, either at a home or a government run hotel at the traveller’s expense.

#BREAKING: The Greater Sydney area has been declared medium-risk by Tasmania. Anyone travelling to the state from this will need to quarantine on arrival for 14 days #politas #covid19tas

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