Coronavirus LIVE Queensland updates: More than 160,000 COVID-19 tests conducted as state rejects calls to reopen borders

More than half of Australians believe social restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic are being eased at an appropriate pace, a new survey has revealed, but one in three people are still worried they are being relaxed too quickly.

As state governments prepare to lift internal travel bans and open up more businesses to the public, 52 per cent of participants in a new nationwide survey say the COVID-19 restrictions are being relaxed appropriately. A further 32 per cent believe the pace is too fast, with only 15 per cent believing it is too slow.

Overall concern about the global pandemic has dropped to the lowest point since the study was first conducted 10 weeks ago, with about three quarters (73 per cent) of Australians saying they are concerned about coronavirus.

Newgate Research’s weekly tracking study of more than 1000 Australians, taken between Monday and Wednesday, found opinion around the appropriateness of Australia’s reaction to coronavirus remains high and mostly stable, with 79 per cent believing Australia continues to respond at an appropriate level.

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