Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* Western Sydney residents have been urged to get tested if they have the slightest of symptoms, as testing numbers are still "far too low". A total of 22,275 people were tested in the 24 hours ending on Sunday night.

* NSW health authorities have "major concerns" over the transmission of COVID-19 during brief interactions at a BWS bottle shop and Woolworths at Berala, with two cases linked to the cluster registered overnight.

* Authorities expect more cases to emerge from the Berala cluster, which now tallies 15. Most who called in to the bottle shop across the Christmas period are now considered close contacts and need to isolate for 14 days even if they visited the outlet for a short time.

* NSW recorded no new locally acquired coronavirus cases for the first time in almost three weeks. The two new Berala cluster cases came to light after the reporting period. Seven cases were recorded in returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

* Masks are now mandatory in Sydney shopping centres, on public transport, in places of worship, hair and beauty premises, entertainment venues such as cinemas and at other indoor venues like post offices and banks. All hospitality staff are also required to wear one. Anyone who flouts the rule risks a $200 fine.

* A Sydney venue operator has been fined $5000 for breaching public health orders by hosting at least 600 wedding guests, despite a COVID-safe capacity of 350.

* Victoria recorded three new locally acquired infections bringing the active-case total to 36, while the number linked to Melbourne's Black Rock cluster seeded by NSW's northern beaches outbreak jumps to 24.

* The Garden State conducted 32,468 tests as some people endured waits of more than two hours at processing facilities.

* A total of 2200 applications have been received for an exemption to return to Victoria since the northern border was closed on Friday. Only 175 have been processed.

* Details of Australia's timetable for the rollout of coronavirus vaccines are expected to be released later this week.

* The Therapeutic Goods Administration is yet to complete its checks into the vaccines, but Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly says approvals "will be fast-tracked as much as possible but no shortcuts will be made."

* Queensland has recorded five new COVID-19 cases in hotel quarintine. All were acquired overseas.

* People who have been in Victoria since December 21 are now banned from visiting "vulnerable facilities" in the Sunshine State like aged care facilities, hospitals, disability accommodation and correctional facilities unless 14 days have passed.

* Queensland authorities are continuing to respond to a surge in demand for testing since people who were in Victoria on or since December 21 were advised to get tested and quarantine at home until they get results.

* The earliest Queensland will review its border restrictions for greater Sydney is January 8, 28 days since the first case of community transmission.

* Western Australia will consider reinstating its hard border closure to all states if the outbreaks in NSW and Victoria spread to other jurisdictions.

* South Australia will look for 14 days of no community transmission before lifting coronavirus restrictions with NSW. But there are no plans to also close the state's border with Victoria.

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AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

* There were 20 new virus cases recorded in Australia, including seven in NSW, four in Victoria (three local), four in South Australia (all acquired overseas) and five in Queensland (all acquired overseas).

* 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 85,509,035

* Deaths: at least 1,850,719

* Recovered: at least 60,457,393