Australia NSW restrictions eased from this weekend
'Circuit break': PM considering national restrictions on social lives to curb infections
Boris Johnson is considering the introduction of new national restrictions - possibly as soon as next week - as the prime minister races to try and get a handle on the spread of coronavirus. With COVID-19 cases now doubling every seven to eight days, the government is looking at introducing nationwide restrictions for a short period to try to "short-circuit" the virus and slow the spread of the disease. Government figures stressed the plans being drawn up stopped short of a full national lockdown, as seen in the spring, when the country was told to "stay at home".
New South Wales will ease some coronavirus restrictions from this weekend which will see rules relaxed around extra-curricular activities for school students.
School choirs will be allowed up to five singers at once, with musical ensembles allowed to resume as well as camps and excursions.
Fewer virus cases keep Melbourne on track
Victoria's daily infection rate is on track towards the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions come September 28, with more anti-lockdown protests expected.The state recorded 21 new cases in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, its lowest figure since June 24.
Orientation programs for 2021 year 7 and kindergarten students have also been given the green light to go ahead to support students in the transition into school.
Weddings will also see some restrictions relaxed with up to 20 members of the bridal party allowed onto the dance floor.
When pressed about the state’s annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display, Premier Gladys Berejikian confirmed the Sydney even would go ahead but on a smaller scale to prevent large gatherings increasing the risk of coronavirus transmission.
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