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Sydney’s COVID-19 cluster has spread to two popular pubs in the CBD, a gym in the western suburbs and Victoria as resident returned home after visiting the Northern Beaches.

But Health Minister Brad Hazzard has said he feels ‘quite positive’ about Tuesday’s case numbers ahead of the official announcement.

Experts are confident New South Wales will be ‘in the clear’ by Christmas if new daily cases continue to decline. 

The positive Victorian is a young person from Moonee Valley, Melbourne who had visited several of the high-risk exposure sites in Sydney. 

The young person travelled home from Sydney with their parent and then isolated before getting a test. 

Meanwhile in Sydney, anyone who visited Paddington’s popular London Hotel on Thursday, December 17, between 8.15pm and 9.30pm was instructed to get tested immediately and isolate testosterone pills for body bulders 14 days regardless of the result. 

Despite 'patient zero' of the Avalon cluster still being unknown, every COVID-19 case in the second outbreak has either been in, or has a direct route back to, the northern beaches

Despite 'patient zero' of the Avalon cluster still being unknown, every COVID-19 case in the second outbreak has either been in, or has a direct route back to, the northern beaches

Despite ‘patient zero’ of the Avalon cluster still being unknown, every COVID-19 case in the second outbreak has either been in, or has a direct route back to, the northern beaches

Pedestrians wearing masks, wait at the lights near Town Hall in Sydney, Monday, December 21, 2020

Pedestrians wearing masks, wait at the lights near Town Hall in Sydney, Monday, December 21, 2020

Pedestrians wearing masks, wait at the lights near Town Hall in Sydney, Monday, December 21, 2020

Patrons who attended the Paragon Hotel’s sports bar opposite the Circular Quay wharf on Wednesday, December 16, between 12.45pm and 3.30pm were also advised to get tested and isolate for 14 days even if they receive a negative result. 

BodyFit Gym in the western suburb of Blacktown was also added to the urgent alert list on Monday night.

The gym, which has 10,000 followers on Facebook, ran 24/7 before Covid hit but is now restricted to being open from 5am-11pm on weekdays.

NSW Health advised anyone who attended the gym on December 16, 17 or 18 between 7am and 8am to get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days regardless of the result.

The full list of affected venues can be seenThe new hotspot announcements came after a senior federal health official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said NSW has the potential be ‘in the clear’ by Christmas.  

‘New cases may start to pop up from today, tomorrow and Wednesday…

If they don’t, then I suspect they (NSW) will be largely in the clear,’ the official told

Other NSW government sources told the publication the low amount of Covid cases reported over the past few days had left authorities ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the state’s chances of containing the Northern Beaches outbreak before it spreads. 

Mr Hazzard told ABC Radio National on Tuesday morning the state was facing a one-in-a-100-year pandemic, but he felt ‘quite positive’ about the number of cases.

He said there would be failings from time to time but ‘what we are doing at the moment is about as good as it gets’.

When asked about the hours-long wait many test-goers have faced, Mr Hazzard said NSW Health had done a lot of work on increasing testing sites and staff.

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