Coronavirus latest: Australia eases lockdown restrictions

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Australia is easing movement restrictions and opening beaches amid a decline in COVID-19 infections. Donald Trump claims China could have done more to stop the coronavirus pandemic.

-Australia has begun to ease some coronavirus lockdown restrictions

– Donald Trump claims China could have done more to stop the spread of COVID-19

– Global cases of coronavirus have topped 3 million

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00:04 Australia has started relaxing some of its coronavirus restrictions, including reopening Sydney’s Bondi Beach, after a steady decline in new infections.

The state of New South Wales (NSW), where almost half the country’s coronavirus cases are concentrated, said it would ease its ban on nonessential movement from Friday by allowing up to two adults to visit another person’s home.

Meanwhile, Bondi and two other beaches in Sydney’s east that had been closed to limit crowds were reopened to local residents on Tuesday.

“For many people, they’ve been cooped up in their homes for a number of weeks, and with the exception of exercising, medical needs or buying what they need to or going to work, many people have been isolated in their homes,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters.

Australia has so far reported 6,723 COVID-19 cases, with 84 deaths. The rate of new infections has slowed dramatically since social distancing measures were introduced. Authorities have also ramped up testing, and are encouraging people to undergo tests even if they aren’t showing any symptoms.

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