Australia's New South Wales records 30 new COVID-19 cases as Sydney outbreak grows

Australia's New South Wales (NSW) recorded 30 new coronavirus cases overnight on Sunday, the state's Premier Gladys Berejiklian said, as an outbreak in Sydney's northern beaches suburbs continues to grow.

Of the new cases, 28 were directly linked to the suburban cluster while the other two were being investigated, Berejiklian said.

Fresh COVID-19 curbs are being introduced in the greater Sydney starting midnight till next Wednesday, including stricter social distancing rules indoors and new limit on the maximum number of people allowed in a gathering – maximum 10 people for family gatherings and less than 300 for venues like church and cafes. 

Since Saturday afternoon, people in Sydney's northern beaches areas have been ordered to stay at home except for going out for work and other essential needs. People outside are temporarily not allowed into the area.

Meanwhile, some Australian states are initiating border restrictions for NSW travelers, with Victoria barring entry of travelers from the greater Sydney and introducing a permit system for entry from the rest of NSW. Quarantine is being ordered in states including Queensland, Tasmania and South Australia for travelers from either the northern beaches or Sydney. 

(With input from Reuters)

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