Coronavirus Australia LIVE updates: Calls for NSW COVID restrictions to be eased by Christmas

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Coronavirus Australia LIVE updates: Calls for NSW COVID restrictions to be eased by Christmas
Coronavirus Australia LIVE updates: Calls for NSW COVID restrictions to be eased by Christmas

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro is calling for coronavirus restrictions to ease in time for Christmas.

Mr Barilaro proposed at State Emergency Operations Centre that from December 24 the cap on people allowed in homes is raised to either 40 or 50.

At the moment no more than 20 people are permitted to visit a home in NSW, though a member of the household is not counted in this limit.

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Under current health orders, every person in breach of this 20-visitor limit can be fined.

Mr Barilaro said the change would bigger groups of family and friends to get together to celebrate Christmas.

– Coronavirus has touched every corner of the globe, but these countries have reported no cases

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The Pacific nation of Vanuatu only this week recorded its first case of COVID-19 – joining the vast majority of the world’s countries that have been affected by the virus.

An asymptomatic man returned from the United States, which has recorded upwards of 10 million cases of coronavirus, before testing positive in Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, on Tuesday.

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The neighbouring Solomon Islands and Marshall Islands recorded their first COVID-19 infections last month, but have not yet seen cases of community transmission.

More than 50 million people worldwide have been infected with coronavirus and more than one million have lost their lives.

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