Breaking: People in Sydney’s northern beaches have been told to stay home as the Covid outbreak intensifies.

NSW Health can advise that 17 cases of COVID-19 have now been identified in the Northern Beaches area, including cases diagnosed in the last 2 days.

A number of new cases are currently being interviews, it’s likely that a number of new venues have been identified and that people in the Northern beaches may have attended these venues.

Therefore, to assist contract tracing and contain any spread, we as that for the next three days, people residing in the Northern Beaches Local Government area:

Word from home and remain home as much as possible

Do not visit friends or relatives in ages care or hospitals

Avoid group gatherings

Keep to your household group

Avoid visiting high risk venues