Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* Australians with compromised immune systems may receive COVID-19 booster shots this year, before third jabs are rolled out more widely in 2022

* The Victorian government will ease border restrictions with NSW and the ACT. The state reported 11 deaths, the most of its third wave of COVID-19, and 1420 new cases

* Child cancer patients and their carers have been forced into isolation after a COVID-19 outbreak at a Melbourne hospital cancer ward, while four of the city's schools have been shut after COVID-positive students sat an annual test

* The newly-minted NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet says there is "an opportunity for some changes" to the state's roadmap out of lockdown, but bringing forward freedoms for the unvaccinated is not one of them

* COVID-19 numbers continue to decline in NSW, with 594 cases recorded, as well as 10 deaths

* Workers in regional NSW are unsure if they can attend work when the state re-opens on Monday following mixed vaccination messaging from the government

* A woman in her 70s has died from COVID-19 in the ACT, bringing the territory's death toll from the current outbreak to six, with 28 new cases reported

* The ACT's health minister has hit out at the federal government for not mandating COVID-19 vaccines for disability support workers

* All primary close contacts of a coronavirus-infected teenager who broke quarantine in northern Tasmania have returned initial negative tests

* Queensland may have seen off another outbreak of the Delta variant of COVID-19, with zero community cases recorded, but the premier is unable to provide a clear timeframe for reopening

* Meanwhile, South Australia is working on pathways to allow travellers from Victoria and NSW to come into the state heading into Christmas, but conditions will apply

* The federal government is under pressure to revisit health funding for states and territories amid fears about how Australia's hospitals will cope with a COVID-19 surge.

AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:

* There have been 29,305,871 doses administered in the national vaccination rollout up to Tuesday, including 350,856 in the previous 24 hours.

* Of the total, 16,961,586 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 242,780 in the previous 24 hours).

* 15,937,407 have been issued in primary care and 1,024,179 in aged and disability facilities.

* 12,344,285 have been administered by the states and territories, including 108,076 in the prior 24 hours.

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Australia reported 2042 local cases on Wednesday: 1420 in Victoria, 594 in NSW and 28 in the ACT

* Queensland recorded three cases in hotel quarantine.

* The national death toll is 1381: Victoria 888, NSW 451, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, ACT 9, and SA 4. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states).

GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Cases: at least 235,801,200

* Deaths: at least 4,816,058

* Vaccine doses administered: at least 6,344,577,723.

Data current as at 1700 AEST on October 6, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.

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