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Beaches in Australia reopen as country claims to be ‘winning’ against coronavirus

Beaches in Australia reopen as country claims to be ‘winning’ against coronavirus

Saad Ali Rana

Bondi Beach and two neighbouring beaches in Sydney were reopened to local residents on Tuesday after being closed a month ago due to large crowds breaking social distancing rules, reported Reuters.

Australia recorded just one new case of COVID-19 from an unknown source in the past 24 hours, suggesting community transmission had almost stopped, Health Minister Greg Hunt said. “We are winning but we have not won yet,” he said. New South Wales (NSW) state, which is home to nearly half of Australia’s roughly 6,700 cases of COVID-19, said it would let up to two adults visit another person’s home from Friday, relaxing a stay-at-home policy and ban on non-essential movement.

How did Australia manage to flatten the curve?

Australia, which closed its external and internal borders, imposed an early shutdown of businesses, and issued strict social distancing rules, has avoided the high numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths seen in other countries. The country recorded five new coronavirus fatalities on Tuesday after more residents from an aged care facility in the west of Sydney died from the virus.

State governments have set up coronavirus testing centres and want people to undergo tests regardless of whether they have symptoms.

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