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What we know today, May 29 - latest virus numbers at a glance

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Today’s update on developments in the coronavirus pandemic:

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CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

* Australia has recorded 7150 cases. There are 467 active cases, none in the ACT and NT.

* The national death toll is 103 – NSW 50, Victoria 19, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included the official tolls of both states).

* More than six million of an estimated 16 million people with smartphones have registered for the federal government’s COVIDSafe tracing app since April 26.

EASING OF RESTRICTIONS

* The federal government has a three-phase plan to ease coronavirus restrictions in the coming months. The states and territories are determining their own timings.

NSW

* Up to 20 people will be allowed to attend weddings, 50 at funerals and 50 at places of worship from June 1.

* Up to 50 people allowed to dine in restaurants, pubs and cafes, from June 1, up from 10 currently.

* Beauty salons can reopen from June 1 with no more than 10 clients at any time.

* Outdoor gatherings allowed for a maximum of 10 people.

* School students are back full time.

* Regional travel within NSW permitted from June 1, when museums, galleries, libraries, zoos and aquariums can reopen.

VICTORIA

* Victorians can have up to five visitors in their homes.

* Gathering limits relaxed to 10 for outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and golf.

* From June 1, the maximum of wedding guests will rise from 10 to 20, with up to 50 at outdoor funerals. A limit of 20 people will be allowed at indoor and outdoor gatherings, swimming pools, beauty and personal care services, libraries and other community facilities.

* Also from June 1, 20 people allowed in restaurants, cafes and pubs, increasing to 50 from June 22 and 100 in late July.

* Overnight stays in hotels permitted from June.

* Children in Prep to Year 2 and Years 11 and 12 are back with the rest to return from June 9.

* Year 11 and 12 students will sit exams from November 9 to December 2.

QUEENSLAND

* Public school students have resumed full-time classes.

* Shopping for non-essential items permitted and up to five members of one household can visit other homes.

* Up to 10 people allowed to congregate in parks, pools and playgrounds.

* Queenslanders can travel up to 250km from their homes.

* Borders remain closed.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

* Dining and drinking at cafes and restaurants allowed, currently with up to 10 customers indoors and 10 outdoors.

* Stage two easing of restrictions brought forward to June 1 to allow up to 50 people to attend funerals, up to 80 in large hospitality venues and up to 20 people in cinemas, theatres, museums, beauty salons, gyms and indoor fitness centres.

* Students are back in school full time.

* Some border restrictions apply.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

* WA to reopen almost all intrastate borders on Friday except for the Kimberley, parts of the East Pilbara and the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku.

* Cafes, pubs and restaurants may seat up to 20 patrons.

* Further easing of restrictions expected on June 8.

* Students are back in school full time.

* Borders remain closed to interstate travellers.

TASMANIA

* Indoor and outdoor gatherings of 10 people allowed, including real estate, religious and wedding events.

* Restaurants and cafes can seat 10 at a time.

* Funerals can have 30 mourners outdoors.

* Kindergarten to Year Six students and Years 11 and 12 are back in school with the remainder to return on June 9.

* Racing expected to resume on June 13.

* Border remains closed.

NORTHERN TERRITORY

* The NT has relaxed restrictions on parks, golf, fishing and swimming.

* Restaurants and bars can reopen with a two-hour limit, with entertainment venues to come.

* Restricted access to indigenous communities remains in place until at least June 18.

* From June 15, new arrivals won’t go to hotels but do two-weeks mandatory quarantine at home.

* Students already back in school full time.

* Borders remain closed.

ACT

* Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people allowed. Restrictions on sport and recreation eased.

* Large clubs will be allowed more than 150 people from Saturday, with a limit of 20 patrons in each room.

* Choirs, bands and orchestras will also be allowed to resume practice and national institutions can open their doors to 20 people at a time.

* Students in Years 3, 4 and 10 back in classrooms. Years 5, 6, 8 and 9 to return on June 2.

STILL OPEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY

* Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, public transport, most state schools, hairdressers, petrol stations, postal and freight services, bottle shops, newsagents, retail shops.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

* Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has entertained the prospect of extending the JobKeeper payment beyond the September expiry date, although he adds this is a matter for the prime minister.

* Six more crew members of the Al Kuwait livestock ship docked in WA have tested positive, taking the total to 12

* Clive Palmer is taking Queensland and WA to the High Court over their border closures.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

* Reserve bank governor Phillip Lowe says the economic downturn from coronavirus may not be as severe as predicted.

* Seven in 10 businesses have had a drop in revenue due to COVID-19, says the ABS.

* The prime minister will discuss changes to Australia’s federation and tax system when the national cabinet meets on Friday.

SPORT

* The NRL competition has resumed with no crowds.

* AFL competition resumes June 11.

* A condensed Super Rugby season starts July 3.

GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

* Cases: at least 5,763,122

* Deaths: at least 358,235

* Recovered: at least 2,389,735

Data current as of 0730 AEST May 29, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins virus tracker.

New York

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has outlined the first steps for reopening the United States’ most populous city, envisioning up to 400,000 people heading back to their workplaces, an easing of the lockdown that began in March.

DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

* More than 5.76 million people have been reported infected with the novel coronavirus globally and 355,880 have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 1536 GMT on Thursday.

EUROPE

* The coronavirus lockdown will ease next week for most of Britain’s population, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

* France will allow restaurants, bars and cafes to reopen from June 2, though with more restrictions in Paris than elsewhere.

* Russia’s capital city Moscow reported its lowest daily increase in infections since April 23, but some critics raised questions over some of Russia’s reported data.

* Spain’s Valencia region will progress to the next phase of a gradual exit from one of Europe’s strictest lockdowns.

* Sending children back to schools and day care centres in Denmark, the first country in Europe to do so, did not lead to an increase in coronavirus infections, according to official data, confirming similar findings from Finland.

AMERICAS

* The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits held above two million last week for a 10th straight week amid job cuts by US state and local governments.

* A coronavirus quarantine will continue in Colombia’s capital Bogota until at least June 15.

* Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he disagrees with the Bank of Mexico’s forecasts for a major recession caused by the pandemic and predicted that the economy will instead recover soon.

* Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has signed into law 60-billion-real ($A17 billion) of federal government aid to states and municipalities, but vetoed a section on public servants’ wages.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* China has room to stimulate the economy, but the government does not want to open the “floodgates”, Premier Li Keqiang said.

* Indonesia will continue to prescribe two anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus patients but monitor their use closely, a spokesman for Indonesia COVID-19 task force said.

* Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte approved a recommendation to ease the lockdown in the capital Manila from June 1.

* Australia will divert $A280 million in overseas aid this year to bolster the response of its closest neighbours to the pandemic.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Cases of community transmission of the coronavirus are growing in Africa, particularly in Ethiopia, and a new strategy for testing is needed to prevent this, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.

* Kenya’s small and medium businesses need urgent help to survive the economic slowdown, and many are at risk of shutting down by the end of June, the head of the central bank said.

* Namibia, which has so far recorded no coronavirus deaths, said it would within days further ease restrictions on social and economic activities.

* A bid round for nine oilfield licenses in Angola could be delayed by the coronavirus outbreak, the national petroleum regulator said.

ECONOMIC FALLOUT

* A gauge of global equity markets climbed on Thursday on optimism for a speedy economic recovery and a massive stimulus plan in Europe helped lift regional stocks and the euro.

* This year will be the worst for many world stock markets in nearly a decade at least.

* International tourism is set to fall by 70 per cent this year, marking the sector’s biggest slump since records began in the 1950s, United Nations World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili told newspaper Handelsblatt.

* Britain’s economy is unlikely to recover fully in the next two to three years, a Bank of England policymaker warned.

* Germany’s economy is likely to shrink by 6.6 per cent this year, the Ifo Institute said.

* The number of people in France looking for jobs surged in April by 22.6 per cent to a record high, Labour Ministry data showed.

* The pandemic has prompted the United Nations to delay until late 2021 a crucial climate summit that had been scheduled for Britain this year.

– AAP

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