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COVID-19 Informer: Palaszczuk opens up state, but only for Queenslanders

The Queensland government is standing firm on keeping its border closed until July but has brought forward easing of other COVID-19 restrictions by almost two weeks.

Premier Annastacia Palaczczuk said that from tomorrow recreational travel within Queensland will be allowed. She also said that from tomorrow, cafes, restaurants and bars in Queensland will be able to hold 20 people.

Victoria has recorded four new cases of Covid-19 today. NSW has three new cases. In NSW, all three cases are recently returned travellers in quarantine.

In Victoria, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos two of the cases there are linked to a family outbreak in Keilor Downs. A hundred students across three schools in Victoria are self-isolating in relation to this cluster.

Ms Mikakos announced the state of emergency was to be extended until June 21.

In NSW pubs, beauty salons and museums reopen tomorrow and holiday travel is allowed within the state. NSW tested 9500 people on Saturday.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said there were signs that thousands of Australians used the coronavirus shutdown to give up smoking.Mr Hunt says between January and May this year, the My Quitbuddy app was downloaded more than 24,000 times, a 310% increase over the same time last year.

Globally, six million confirmed cases of coronavirus cases have been recorded according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Almost 370,000 people have died.

Brazil has registered a record 33,274 new cases in the past 24 hours as the national total nears 500,000.

In the UK a national survey has found that around 80% of those who tested positive reported no symptoms at the time of testing and 70% were also asymptomatic in the week before and after being swabbed.

Public health leaders and scientists have warned prime minister Boris Johnson that trust in the government has been shattered by the Dominic Cummings affair and now poses real danger to life when lockdown measures are lifted this week.

Cummings, Johnson's top aide, was seen in Durham, 264 miles from his London home, at the end of March, despite having had symptoms of coronavirus.

Pope Francis has appealed to world leaders on Saturday to act wisely and generously to provide social and economic relief for the many workers who have lost jobs, and called for the money used for armaments to be used to fund research to prevent similar catastrophes in the future.

In the US, President Donald Trump has announced he is terminating the US relationship with the World Health Organisation and redirecting those funds to other global public health needs.

It has been reported that coronavirus testing centres in Los Angeles, California have been closed as a result of protests regarding the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

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This story Palaszczuk opens up Queensland, but there's a catch first appeared on The Canberra Times.