Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS

* Australia is about to embark on the biggest mass immunisation program in its history, with authorities confident of pulling off the massive logistical effort. Coronavirus jabs will start on Monday.

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison has raised hopes international borders could reopen once coronavirus vaccinations have been widely delivered with the government aiming for the rollout to be completed in October.

* A family of three have tested positive for COVID-19 in Victoria, more than a week after two of them stayed at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport.

* Concerns about infection spread are low however, because the family began isolating at home on February 7, after it was revealed a staff member at the Holiday Inn contracted the disease.

* Tasmania will reopen to Victoria from Saturday and allow hundreds of arrivals from the mainland state out of quarantine.

* Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would prefer that only people vaccinated against COVID-19 work in Sydney's hotel quarantine system, but hasn't decided whether to enforce it with a public health order.

* Ms Berejiklian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the COVID-19 vaccination hub at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Friday, where frontline workers will be able to get the Pfizer jab from Monday.

* The premier believes vaccine take-up will be widespread among frontline workers, and said that while those who decline a vaccine won't be punished, they may be overlooked for ongoing employment in the hotel quarantine system.

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AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Three new locally acquired cases were reported nationally on Friday - they are members of the same family in Victoria who have been isolating as close contacts of a known case since February 7.

* The national death toll is 909: Victoria 820, NSW 56, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two Queensland residents who died in NSW have been included in the official tolls of both states).

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GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Cases: at least 110, 306,032

* Deaths: at least 2,441,582

* Recovered: at least 62,112,831

Data current as of 1715 AEDT on February 19, taking in federal and state/territory government updates, Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.