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Australia's economy is forecast to shrink 4.5% this year before bouncing back in 2021

Australia's economy is forecast to shrink 4.5% this year before bouncing back in 2021


* Australia has recorded its first coronavirus death in a month after a Victorian man died from the disease in his 80s, bringing the national tally to 103.

* Victoria on Wednesday registered 20 new cases, 10 in NSW – excluding one previously reported case.

* Almost 70 per cent of people who died from coronavirus in Australia had pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure, dementia and diabetes.

* Australian Defense Force personnel are said to be sent to Melbourne to help while Victoria has ramped up testing to 20,000 people a day.

* Meanwhile, renewed panic buying has forced Coles and Wooloworths to reintroduce purchase restrictions on essential items, including toilet paper.


* Two-thirds of businesses reported less revenue than this time last year due to coronavirus restrictions, new ABS data shows.

* Australia maintained its AAA rating for debt issuers from the three major global rating agencies.


* The AFL are set to announce Perth as their next hub on Thursday, with Collingwood and Geelong set to play a game block at Optus Stadium along with West Coast and Fremantle.

* Essendon player Conor McKenna returned another negative virus test Tuesday night after testing positive last week.

relaxation of restrictions

* The federal cabinet has a three-phase plan to ease restrictions over the coming weeks and months. It is up to states and territories to determine when to relax them.


* JUNE 26 – Tasmania moves to tier three restrictions, lifting indoor and outdoor gathering restrictions but keeping homes to 20 visits. Community sports, contact training and casinos, gambling and markets are also to be reopened.

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* JUNE 27 – WA to lift all meeting and event attendance limits, but a two square meter rule remains in place.

* JUNE 29 – SA moves into phase three of the lifting of virus restrictions and large venues such as Adelaide Oval are allowed to take up to 50 per cent of normal capacity.

* 1 JULY – NSW resumes community sport and will remove a 50-person cap for indoor venues. Sports facilities with 40,000 seats are permitted nationwide up to a capacity of 25 percent

* JULY 10 – Queensland reopens borders dependent on case numbers

* JULY 12 – Victoria to ease restrictions from 20 to 50 people in restaurants, cafes and pubs

* JULY 17 – NT to reopen its borders

* July 18 – WA lifts all remaining virus restrictions except for border closures.

* 20 JULY – SA opens its borders to NSW, VIC and the ACT.

* Late July – Tasmania likely to open its borders


* Australia has registered 7521 cases as of Wednesday, of which 494 are still active and no cases in SA, Tasmania, ACT or NT.

* National death toll is 103: NSW 50, Victoria 20, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Qld residents who died in NSW have been included in both states’ official tolls) .


* Cases: at least 9,361,469

* Deaths: at least 479,910

* Recovered: at least 5,047,420

Data current as of June 24, 1730 AEST, including federal and state/territory updates, the Johns Hopkins Virus Tracker, and the Worldometer.

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