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Australia's COVID-19 hotspot reports four new cases as restrictions ease

Daniel Andrews

"The workers and employers should have been applauded by Premier (Daniel) Andrews for making the effort to get here so quickly".

"But they are the steps we can safely take that will make life a little bit easier. Then we will all be able to move freely around our state".

Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people from two households will be allowed and golf and tennis games can resume. Beauty therapist Brooke Allan told broadcaster ABC she was disappointed that her businesses was not on the list of those allowed to reopen yet.

"We are halfway through spring now and this new travel bubble is really just a one-way ticket to New South Wales, so we don't expect many shearers from New Zealand to jump on airplanes", he said. "It's really hard just being in this limbo all the time".

"Every day Victoria remains under restrictions. comes at a heavy cost", Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a joint statement Sunday with his treasurer and health minister.

He and his government have been urging Victoria to ease its measures faster and further in recent weeks as case numbers have dipped.

As of Sunday afternoon there had been 27,390 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, and the number of new cases in last 24 hours is 11, according to the latest figures from Australian Government Department of Health.

But Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria state which encompasses Melbourne, rejected growing calls for an end to all limits on people being able to leave their homes and for a broader reopening of restaurants and other retail businesses.

SBS reported that at least 90 New Zealand travellers have flown to Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania after arriving in Sydney.

"Anecdotally I know they were on those flights and there was nothing illegal or incorrect in what they did - they followed process and were sponsored by their employers and had the correct permit to travel from metropolitan Melbourne to rural Victoria", he said.

Under the new travel bubble shearers and wool handlers from New Zealand can now travel to Australia, quarantine free, and get straight to work on spring shearing. They are all in quarantine.