Australia’s most populous state stated Tuesday it’s going to cushion some constraints on movement, as beaches reopened amid hopes a policy of widespread medical testing will help sustain a drop in new cases of the coronavirus.
Bondi Beach and two neighboring seashores in Sydney had been reopened to local residents on Tuesday after being closed a month ago on account of large crowds breaking social distancing guidelines.
Australia recorded just one new case of COVID-19 from an unknown source in the past 24 hours, suggesting community transmission had almost stopped, Health Minister Greg Hunt stated.
New South Wales (NSW) state, which is home to almost half of Australia’s roughly 6,700 cases of COVID-19, mentioned it could let up to two adults go to another person’s home from Friday, enjoyable a stay-at-home policy and ban on non-essential movement.
Australia, which closed its external and internal frontiers, imposed an early shutdown of businesses, and issued strict social distancing guidelines, has prevented the high numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths seen in other nations.
Australian states are starting to ease some restrictions as the local charge of new infections slows to barely 1% per day, compared to 25% a month earlier.
The nation registered five new coronavirus fatalities on Tuesday after more residents from an elderly care facility in the west of Sydney died from the virus.
There have now been 11 coronavirus deaths at the Anglicare Newmarch Home, taking the nationwide death toll to 88.