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Australia moving toward 'COVID-safe' society, but travel ban stays

People surf as Bondi Beach reopens to surfers and swimmers after it was closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease, with strict social distancing measures remaining in place, in Sydney on April 28.   © Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) -- Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday bans on international travel and large gatherings would stay in place even as the government eases lockdowns andtowardtowards a "COVID-safe" economy and society.

Some states have already started to lift restrictions amid a slowdown in new coronavirus infe--tions - something Canberra has put down to its measures and widespread testing.

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