Australia news live: Sydney on Boxing Day alert after premier's Covid warning – latest updates

Gladys Berejiklian has asked shoppers to steer clear of the city centre for the traditional sales, to prevent further spread of Avalon coronavirus cluster. Follow all today’s updates

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  • 10.01pm GMT

    Paul Zahra from the Australian Retailers’ Association has been on Sky News this morning, reporting that crowds in the Sydney CBD are noticeably down on previous years, even at a “record low”, following Gladys Berejiklian’s plea for shoppers to avoid the city centre.

    We’ve learnt that NSW people are very compliant, there’s been very little traffic into the CBD locations. It was at a record low this morning. Normally people would queue up as early as Christmas Day night to get into the stores, but this year’s been a very different year, being a Covid year of course and with Gladys’ commentary.

    It is much needed … for our retailers have had many difficult months. [Boxing Day] remains a signature event on the Australian shopping calendar.

    9.56pm GMT

    Happy to say that Victoria has had another zero day.

    Yesterday there were 0 new local cases, 0 new cases acquired overseas and 0 deaths reported. 4,907 test results were received – thanks, #EveryTestHelps us to #StaySafeStayOpen. More info: https://t.co/lIUrl0ZEco #COVID19Vic #COVID19VicData pic.twitter.com/RqhNoNltG0

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    Source: The Guardian
    Australia news live: Sydney on Boxing Day alert after premier's Covid warning – latest updates