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NSW looking to further ease coronavirus restrictions

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Australia recorded two new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the national figure to 7265.

New South Wales is looking to further ease its coronavirus restrictions despite health authorities remaining on high alert for new outbreaks.

Australia recorded two new cases in the past 24 hours, Health Minister Greg Hunt said, taking the national figure to 7265.

There have been only 62 cases in the past week.

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Restrictions to ease further in NSW

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has flagged that restrictions will be eased further in the near future.

"…given New South Wales is doing better than we'd expected at this stage, that we are looking to further ease restrictions," Ms Berejiklian said today.

"And there will be announcements about that in the next little while."

NSW recorded just two new cases overnight, and both are returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian today.

'Football and crowds are back in South Australia'

Spectators will be allowed back at AFL games in South Australia, Premier Steven Marshall has announced.

"I think we will be the first place in the country with a significant crowd at an AFL game," he said.

"Football and crowds are back in South Australia.

"South Australia, I think, will be the first with a significant number of people at an AFL match and the first time we have had a significant crowd at any sport in Australia for months and months and months."

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A crowd of 2000 spectators will be allowed at Adelaide Oval for the weekend's AFL game.

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Saturday night's game is a local derby between Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows.

The 2000 will be seated in the general area. Another 240 will be allowed in private boxes.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said it comes after 6000 people were able to protest "in a relatively safe manner" in Victoria Square in Adelaide.

Further detail will be provided on Friday following the state's transition committee meeting.

There will also be announcements coming on Friday about lifting the state's border lockdown and reopening larger hospitality venues and churches.

It has been two weeks since the last coronavirus cases in South Australia.

'Second wave'

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth says health authorities will be closely monitoring potential spikes in infections after thousands of demonstrators attended protests against racism at the weekend.

But he says people who attended the rallies in capital cities should closely monitor their health over the coming days.

"The earliest people start showing symptoms tends to be within the first week afterwards but It can be as long as 14 days," he said.

"They should be aware of any sort of symptoms they have that might indicate COVID-19 and get tested immediately. We know that the most important thing is that if you have symptoms the quicker you get tested the less likely you are to transmit the disease to other people."

The President of the Australian Medical Association said protesters should self isolate for two weeks.

Dr Coatsworth also says it is too early to consider fans returning to packed stadiums for sports games.

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"You can be a little more controlled in a stadium, I guess, than you can at a protest. That's an important thing to note as we consider going back to situations of decreased capacity in stadiums. But ultimately that's going to be a matter for the states and territories but it is something we are considering now."

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Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth provides an update on COVID-19 coronavirus.

Call for more support of GPs

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is urging government to provide more support for GPs protecting patients during the COVID-19 crisis.

They say it is crucial to learn lessons for future pandemics.

In its submission to the Senate Select Committee on COVID-19's inquiry into the Australian Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RACGP warns that more could be done to assist hardworking GPs.

RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon said that inconsistent and confusing messaging and advice has been a source of significant concern.

"This pandemic has exposed challenges concerning different levels of government and agencies having different roles and responsibilities.

"GPs have expressed frustrations about different information on testing criteria and use of personal protective equipment across the country as well as inconsistent advice from politicians and a lack of cohesion between different jurisdictions."

Dr Nespolon also slammed the lack of resources needed to keep staff and patients safe.

"A shortage of personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks has been a major concern for many GPs.

"This is completely unacceptable and government needs to urgently supply personal protective equipment to general practices experiencing shortages. In future, we need superior distribution channels responsive to local requirements."

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Dr Luke Torre in full Personal Protective Equipment heading into a COVID-19 ICU ward.

Victoria records zero new coronavirus cases

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus as 600,000 students return to schools across the state this morning.

Students from grade three to year 10 will return to face-to-face learning in classrooms, ending eight weeks of remote learning.

Premier Daniel Andrews said the state's zero COVID-19 figure was a "very good result".

"It's just further evidence we are starting to see some greater stability," he said.

"It's always pleasing to have a day with no cases."

The state has a total of 1687 coronavirus cases.

There are seven people in hospital, including one patient in intensive care.

There have been 178 confirmed cases of coronavirus that have been acquired through unknown transmission.

"Recording zero cases today is encouraging, but this pandemic is far from over and now is not the time for complacency," Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.

"We must remain vigilant. Thanks to Victorians playing their part, staying at home and getting tested, we have made some great progress in slowing the spread of coronavirus."

Source: 9News

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