Australia eases restrictions as coronavirus spread slows

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Australia is set to ease lockdown restrictions from next week, as number of coronavirus infections have dropped.

According to reports, infection rates in the country fell from more than 25 per cent in mid-March to less than 1 per cent currently.

"We are on the road back and I think we have already reached a turning point," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters on Tuesday.

He added that hospitals will resume many elective surgeries and schools will be re-opened for more children.

Meanwhile, the government said details of a contact tracing app, that'll alert users if they come into contact with people diagnosed with COVID-19, will be released soon. 

So far, the country has more than 6,600 positive cases and 71 fatalities. 

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