Australia has set out plans to lift the nation’s lockdown and restart its economy by July in a three-stage process as cases of coronavirus fall.
The country imposed tough social distancing restrictions in March, which, together with the closure of its borders, are credited with drastically slowing the number of new infections of COVID-19.
With fewer than 20 new cases of coronavirus being recorded each day, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australian states and territories had agreed a roadmap to remove most of the curbs.
Using an Australian word for a duvet, Mr Morrison said: “You can stay under the doona forever. You’ll never face any danger.
“But we’ve got to get out from under the doona at some time.”
He said the states will set their own pace in easing coronavirus restrictions.
Each step will likely be separated by a four-week transition.