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World Australian States Ease Restrictions With Outbreaks Under Control

05:05  22 november  2020
05:05  22 november  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Australia ’s Most Populous States Start to Ease Virus Lockdowns. Australia ’s two most populous states , responsible for 65% of the nation’s coronavirus cases, are easing lockdown restrictions as authorities seek to reboot the crippled economy.

The easing of restrictions in some parts of the country come as more than a million Australians download a COVID-19 tracing app designed to help experts pinpoint virus outbreaks . Tasmania's restrictions are due to be revisited on May 15.

(Bloomberg) -- The Australian state that’s been hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic announced a further easing of restrictions after recording no new infections for 23 consecutive days.

a person walking down a street: ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 20: A Rundle Mall Covid Marshall in Rundle Mall on November 20, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. South Australian premier Steven Marshall has imposed lockdown restrictions across the state for six days as health authorities work to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community. The new restrictions came into effect at 12:01 on Thursday 19 November, with all South Australians required to stay home for the next six days and only able to leave home for essential purposes. People cannot leave their homes to exercise and only one person per household can visit a supermarket per day. All schools are closed except for children of essential workers and vulnerable children while childcare will be open only to essential workers. Aged care and residential disability care is in lockdown. Takeaway food outlets, restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs and other food venues are closed and non-essential business and industry will shut down while weddings and funerals will be banned for six days. The use of face masks or face coverings outside the home are encouraged but not mandatory. (Photo by Kelly Barnes/Getty Images) © Photographer: Kelly Barnes/Getty Images AsiaPac ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 20: A Rundle Mall Covid Marshall in Rundle Mall on November 20, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. South Australian premier Steven Marshall has imposed lockdown restrictions across the state for six days as health authorities work to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community. The new restrictions came into effect at 12:01 on Thursday 19 November, with all South Australians required to stay home for the next six days and only able to leave home for essential purposes. People cannot leave their homes to exercise and only one person per household can visit a supermarket per day. All schools are closed except for children of essential workers and vulnerable children while childcare will be open only to essential workers. Aged care and residential disability care is in lockdown. Takeaway food outlets, restaurants, bars, cafes, pubs and other food venues are closed and non-essential business and industry will shut down while weddings and funerals will be banned for six days. The use of face masks or face coverings outside the home are encouraged but not mandatory. (Photo by Kelly Barnes/Getty Images)

It will no longer be compulsory for people in Victoria to wear masks when outdoors, though it remains mandatory in public indoor venues. The state’s Premier Daniel Andrews announced the new rules that will apply from Monday, just over two weeks after removing a strict three-month lockdown on Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city.

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Australian states and territories will all move ahead with the federal government’s framework for easing restrictions at their own pace. Coronavirus restrictions : How each state and territory will ease their rules.

International Restrictions : Only Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members are permitted to enter Australia without an exemption until further notice. Internal Restrictions : There are currently relatively few flights between States and Territories.

Other changes include allowing as many as 15 visitors in a household a day, up from two now. That figure will double by Dec. 14, allowing people to plan for a relatively normal Christmas season, Andrews said.

From Monday, larger gatherings will be allowed in churches, recreation and sports centers, pubs, restaurants and cinemas. Offices will be able to implement plans for workers to gradually return.

“Even though these rules are important changes, this virus is not gone,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday. “The key message is, Victorians have done an amazing job and build something that is so, so precious. But it is fragile.”

While community infections in Victoria have been eradicated after reaching a daily peak of about 700 in early August, it’s still feeling the impact of the outbreak. Australia’s government estimated 1,200 jobs were lost a day across the state during the period, and demand for mental health services surged by more than 30%.

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State -by- state guide to new restrictions this weekend. Ash Cant. Yahoo News Australia 15 May The island state is taking the cautious route out of restrictions , announcing a three-step plan after the Non-contact sport is also allowed to resume. The internal border controls restricting access to

State Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday announced an easing of stay-at-home orders, but left many businesses shuttered until next month to ensure community “Every day Victoria remains under restrictions to get the second wave in Victoria under control comes at a heavy cost,” Prime Minister

The outbreaks in Australia, including in the state of South Australia in the past week, show the challenges in controlling the virus -- even in a nation that has been spared the scale of infections and deaths experienced in Europe and the U.S.

The New South Wales state government announced on Sunday it would remove all border restrictions with neighboring Victoria on Monday after they were in place for three months. Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. on Sunday said it will ramp up flights from Monday to reconnect Melbourne with other parts of Australia, including with the New South Wales capital city of Sydney.

South Australia recorded one new case on Sunday from the day before -- a traveler who returned from overseas and is in quarantine. On Sunday, the state eased its lockdown restrictions, which had been in place since Thursday and were originally scheduled to run for six days. The cluster has been restricted to 26 cases as of Sunday.

South Australia’s restrictions included a ban on outdoor exercise and dog-walking, after contact tracers said a man had become infected after buying a takeaway pizza. They later established the infected person had misled them and was an employee at the restaurant, where he had been in close contact with another infected worker during several shifts.

The state of 1.7 million people, spread out over a land mass five times the size of the U.K., had largely eradicated community transmission of the virus after a nationwide lockdown earlier this year. The cluster began after a cleaner at a hotel that was used to isolate returning overseas travelers was exposed to the virus.

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