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It’s become a bit of a Friday fixture that the state and territory leaders dial in to speak with the Prime Minister to get a briefing on the latest health advice on COVID-19, and make decisions on where to next.

It’s certainly always been marked on our schedule every week, so it might be a bit of a surprise that, for the first time since the pandemic started, National Cabinet are having this week off.

And while it may bad news for blog content, it’s a good sign that things are calming down.

The states and territories have been easing things at their own pace, but Scott Morrison flagged the next meeting would be a chance to “go around the grounds” and see how jurisdictions are doing and talk about their plans to lift restrictions further.

It’s not just National Cabinet scaling down their meetings either. The daily updates from the Chief Medical Officer or his deputies has now been changed to every two or three days instead.