Tourists are seen at a dock in Sydney, Australia, March 10, 2020. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia has reached 100, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)
Tourists are seen at a dock in Sydney, Australia, March 10, 2020. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia has reached 100, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has flagged a “golden” opportunity for economic growth as the state began to ease its coronavirus restrictions.

With 438 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date, South Australia (SA) has moved to ease its coronavirus restrictions ahead of the nation’s eastern biggest states, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, which are taking a more cautious approach.

Marshall said re-starting economy in the state sooner would prove that working in less populous cities could be desirable in the wake of the pandemic.

“The prime minister and the national cabinet considered which of the three major approaches we were going to have — eliminate, suppression or control,” Marshall said, according to the Australian on Monday.

“We decided to go for suppression, but the reality is some jurisdictions in Australia are already well on the way to eliminate and SA is one of them.

Having already committed to significantly easing restrictions by May 21, South Australia is also expected to lift its ban on intrastate travel within days. Enditem

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