Australia COVID LIVE updates: Cases continue to grow across the nation as state’s ramp up vaccination measures

The NSW government is under pressure from its own MPs to further loosen restrictions on outdoor activities ahead of the school holidays as vaccination rates climb, the weather warms up and constituents grow impatient with the long lockdown.

Several Liberal MPs told The Sun-Herald they wanted faster easing of restrictions outside, citing community fatigue, mental wellbeing and repeated assurances from NSW Health that the risk of catching COVID-19 outdoors was very low.

Locals exercise near Bridgewater Park, Rozelle.Credit:Wolter Peeters

It follows Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s decision last week to scrap the one-hour limit on exercise within the local government areas of concern, and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ pledge to expand the 5km limit on shopping and exercise to 10km when his state reaches 70 per cent first dose coverage, which NSW has already achieved.

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