Australian PM announces plan to lift coronavirus lockdown

Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia
Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a three-stage plan to lift Australia’s Coronavirus restrictions.

Morrison, following a national cabinet meeting on Friday, announced the plan to restart Australia’s economy by July.

He said it would be up to states and territory governments to decide when each stage comes into effect.

“Today, National Cabinet agreed to a three-step plan and a national framework to achieve a COVID-19 safe economy and society.

“It is our goal to move through all of these steps to achieve that COVID-safe economy in July of this year,’’ he said.

“In this plan, we walk before we run.

“We know we need to be careful to preserve our gains, but we also know that if we wish to reclaim the ground we have lost, we cannot be too timid.

“There will be risks, there will be challenges, there will be outbreaks, there will be more cases, there will be setbacks. Not everything will go to plan.

“We could lose the battle that we have won so well, so far. Every Australian has to do their bit,’’ he said.