New Zealanders are allowed to travel between regions, students will be able to return to school from Monday, while bars will reopen from May 21.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said 100,000 people filed for unemployment benefits, while a further 500,000 left the workforce altogether.
The two states on Monday joined the less populous Western Australia and South Australia states and the Northern Territory in resuming face-to-face learning, instead of studying from home online.
Australian officials announced a raft of plans on Wednesday to speed up the resumption of public life to boost the ailing economy amid a diplomatic spat with major trading partner China.
A team of health experts, including those of Indian-origin, has found that people who recovered from the COVID-19 disease are being commonly readmitted to the hospital within 14 days of being discharged majorly for respiratory complications.
It is the latest grim milestone after the novel coronavirus surfaced in central China in December 2019 and went on to infect more than 139 million people, leaving billions more under crippling lockdowns and ravaging the global economy.
Mask-wearing outdoors will no longer be required, restaurant seating will be unlimited and discos and dance clubs can re-open, although entry will be restricted to those with COVID-19 certificates.
Violence broke out at a protest against anti-COVID measures in Brussels on Sunday, in which police said tens of thousands of people took part. And Dutch police faced a second night of rioting — this time in The Hague — after the previous night’s violence in the port city of Rotterdam.