There’s a growing sense in Australia of relief at the limited spread of coronavirus here and authorities slowly start to ease restrictions.

But the threat remains with another death in Sydney overnight and the lessons from overseas where infection rates have eased in some countries and then risen again

In this update:

New South Wales will ease gathering restrictions from Friday, after more positive news with just five new cases confirmed.

However, a seventh resident has died at a Western Sydney aged care home becoming the 84th coronavirus death in Australia and 37th in new south wales.

There are now more the three million cases worldwide with the latest one million detected in just the past two weeks.

Nearly a third are in the united states which is approaching the one million cases mark.

New Zealand has begun scaling back some restrictions, which are among the toughest in the world. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the country has stopped community transmission effectively eliminating the virus.

Russia has overtaken China in confirmed cases with a tally climbing above 87,000. There have been less than 800 deaths recorded in Russia and there is pressure to lift a lockdown that’s due to expire on Thursday.

Back home, the government will spend $95m to support zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums.

The money will come from a $1b fund aimed at helping industries most affected by covid-19.

Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach has reopened this morning for surfing and swimming more than a month after it was closed because crowds of people breached restrictions.

In more detail:
Reporter Lily Mayers – The death of another resident of Western Sydney’s Newmarch Anglicare nursing home has taken Australia’s death toll from coronavirus to 84.

Political reporter Dan Conifer – New research shows just how much of an impact the coronavirus is having on students. It reveals almost half stand to be adversely affected by the shift to remote learning.

Reporter Jess Dorsett – Sydney’s bondi beach has reopened this morning for surfing and swimming… More than a month after it was closed when thousands broke physical distancing rules.

Thousands of New Zealanders will return to work today as some of the toughest coronavirus restrictions in the world are eased. The move comes as the country declares it has stopped community transmission and effectively eliminated the virus. As of today businesses that can operate with social distancing in place are allowed to have their employees back at work but shops and restaurants remain closed.

US President Donald Trump says covid-19 cases are declining or stabilising across America. His comments come as virus cases pass 3 million worldwide, almost one million of those in the US. President Trump says all parts of the country are in good shape and that Americans want to get back to work.

Russia has overtaken China in confirmed covid-19 cases with 87,000. Despite its increasing infections pressure is building to ease restrictions. President Vladimir Putin has not revealed whether Russia’s lockdown, which has been in place since late march, will be lifted – it is due to expire on Thursday.

Among all the sad stories about coronavirus, there are tales of hope and survival. Jayson O’brien was a patient in the Western New South Wales local health district. He made such impression on medical staff that they made a special video for him.

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