Gatherings of 10 people in the family home are expected to be allowed again just in time for Mother’s Day as states and territories lift coronavirus restrictions.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will reportedly make the announcement after tomorrow’s national cabinet meeting, where state and territory leaders will discuss further lifting of coronavirus social distancing rules.
Mr Morrison told news.com.au’s Samantha Maiden on Wednesday night that restrictions will be eased gradually but “every one of those states is in charge of what happens in their state, ultimately”. Top health officials advising national cabinet are confident restrictions can be safely lifted despite outbreaks in Australia’s two biggest cities.
“This will be gradual,” deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly told reporters in Canberra. “Some things will open, others will not. It will be scaled so that risk of increasing the number of cases is minimised while giving the maximum benefit to the economy and to normalisation of society.”
Australia has now recorded nearly 6900 cases of COVID-19, with 3047 in New South Wales, 1440 in Victoria, 1043 in Queensland, 438 in South Australia, 551 in Western Australia, 223 in Tasmania, 107 in the Australian Capital Territory and 30 in the Northern Territory.
The death toll stands at 97.