Coronavirus: Victoria threatens to deport Britons who have thrown a beach party.
Coronavirus: Victoria threatens to deport Britons who have thrown a beach party.

Australia says it may expel British backpackers who violated Covid rules, after hundreds of them were seen celebrating on Sydney Beach on Christmas Day.

Videos of their gathering, circulating widely on social media, showed large numbers of young revelers singing and dancing on Bronte Beach in clear violation of regulations.

The event angered local residents, and health officials described it as "extremely horrific".

Sydney is facing a new outbreak after months of no local cases.

The emergence of the virus again a week before Christmas led to the rapid re-application of restrictions in the city, including restrictions on holiday gatherings and the closure of the most affected area, on the northern beaches.