Australia’s beaches already reopening while New Zealand boasts it’s ‘broken the chain’ as coronavirus cases drop – The Sun

SYDNEY'S beaches have begun to reopen after a four-week ban.

Meanwhile, New Zealand has announced they will begin to lift their lockdown as PM Jacinda Arden says the country has "broken the chain" of transmission.

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Some of Australia's beaches have been closed for around a month after Aussies flocked to the sands despite social distancing rules.

But now  a select few in Sydney, including Coogee, Clovelly, Maroubra and Malabar beaches opened after a three-week lockdown.

Locals said the beaches were an integral part of day-to-day life, including for exercise and their mental wellbeing.

The beaches are open purely for exercise, however with signs banning sunbathing and urging joggers and swimmers to stay at least 1.5m apart.

But the country's most famous beach, Bondi isn't set to reopen for at least another few weeks.

And in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden announced the country would be moving to "level three" of lockdown.

It means some businesses and schools can reopen, but social distancing will remain in place.

Gatherings of more than ten are still banned and the country's borders remain closed.

Ms Arden said: "The effort of our team of five million has broken the chain of transmission.

"All of you have stopped the uncontrolled explosion of COVID-19 in New Zealand and I couldn't be prouder."

The country went into lockdown on March 25, entering what they called "level four".

New Zealand has had 1,440 confirmed cases and 12 deaths.


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