COVID-19 Lockdown Eased09 May 2020 by News Desk
COVID-19 Lockdown across Australia is being lifted with Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing a three-step plan to reopen the country.
Under the first stage five people can visit a home, 10 be together in a business or public place, 30 mourners attend a funeral and 10 guests celebrate a wedding.
Restaurants and cafes will reopen to (socially distant) dine-in business, libraries and playgrounds can entertain children and people can travel where they like within their own state.
The first step has not yet begun. The federal government has outlined how the country will reopen but state and territory governments will decide when lifting of lockdown will take place.
COVID-19 Costing $4b a Week
Restrictions are costing the Australian economy $4 billion a week while lifting lockdown measures could lead to a second-wave of COVID-19 infections after Australians have worked so hard to flatten the curve.
The Reserve Bank has warned that the jobless rate could rise to 9 per cent at Christmas with businesses investment slow to pick up.
The COVID-19 emergency has almost doubled Australia’s national deficit and increased the country’s debt. The Parliamentary Budget Office reports that federal government spending was $8.7bn higher in March than a year ago.
There are more than 3.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide with around 270,000 deaths. Almost 1.3 million people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University
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