New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard has announced the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches will open up to the same level of restrictions as Greater Sydney from midnight on January 9. Mr Hazzard said it was hoped there would be no “reservations” about opening up, but a positive case identified in the region yesterday has caused health officials a “degree of concern”. However, he said the willingness of the Northern Beaches community to come forward for testing in “enormous” numbers before Christmas gives them the confidence to do so. “Public health has … sufficient confidence that if we can expect a similar response from the Northern Beaches, then we can, with … confidence and some reservations, open up from … 12:01am on January 9, Sunday,” he said. Mr Hazzard urged residents to continue coming forward for testing, despite the loosing of restrictions, particularly in light of the most recent positive case of a man in his 40s.


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