Latest news on coronavirus: Restrictions forced people to see pharmacist instead of GP

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SAustralia and Victoria eased Covid restrictions on Sunday as Australia approaches summer in a better position to fight the virus.

Victoria, who was the hardest hit, went 23 days without a new infection. In response, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews announced a number of changes to the restrictions. Wearing a mask outdoors, which was until now mandatory, is no longer mandatory where social distancing is possible.

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Masks should always be worn indoors and worn at all times. Home gatherings of up to 15 people will be allowed and up to 50 people may assemble outdoors.

Up to 150 people will be allowed at indoor weddings, funerals or religious services.

Residents of South Australia emerged from a statewide lockdown at midnight on Saturday and are now able to visit bars and restaurants in groups of no more than 10 and hold rallies with 50 people with social distances.

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Gyms and beauty salons may open and students will return to school from Monday.

The border between the states of Victoria and New South Wales – closed at the height of the Victoria epidemic three months ago – reopened on Sunday.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “We never want to see this again. We hope this will be the last time in our lives that this border is closed.”

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