Australia shares poised to rise at open on easing COVID-19 curbs

    Nov 23 (Reuters) - Australian shares were set to open higher
on Monday as states eased COVID-19 restrictions and some
internal borders reopened over the weekend amid a sharp slowdown
in new infections.
    A vast majority of the country has reported no community
infections or deaths for weeks, while broader sentiment teeters
between a resurgence of the virus in the United States and hopes
for a vaccine around the corner.             
    The local share price index futures          rose 0.5% or 34
points, a 28.8-point premium to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index
        close. The benchmark fell 0.1% on Friday.
    New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index         rose 0.4%
to 12,491.95 at 2118 GMT.

 (Reporting by Arpit Nayak in Bengaluru
Editing by Nick Zieminski)