Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* NSW recorded five new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, four linked to the northern beaches and the last to a previously reported case in the area whose infection source is not yet linked to the cluster and is being investigated.

* Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has raised hopes coronavirus vaccines will start being rolled out by the end of March, saying the government expects Australians will be fully vaccinated by the end of October.

* The Avalon cluster in NSW now totals 126 cases, with NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian announcing the area will remain in lockdown.

* An additional nine NSW cases were uncovered in hotel quarantine.

* The stay-at-home orders applying to northern beaches residents north of the Narrabeen Bridge will continue until at least January 9 while the lockdown for the peninsula's southern zone will be in place until January 2.

* Northern beaches residents will get a little reprieve on New Year's Eve when small gatherings will be allowed.

* Three cases connected to the Belrose Hotel continue to mystify NSW authorities. A 20-year-old hotel worker, a firefighter patron and a drive-through bottle shop customer all had the virus in December but there is no established link between the pub and the Avalon cluster at this point.

* A plan to give front line coronavirus workers from around NSW box seats to the famous New Year's Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour has been cancelled.

* The national coronavirus death toll has risen by one after a NSW man in his 70s who was infected with COVID-19 in March recently died of respiratory complications.

* Eleven young people have each been fined $1000 after police broke up a North Bondi house party just after 11pm on Boxing Day. At least 40 people were at the party despite a 10-person limit.

* A woman who was found after fleeing hotel quarantine in Perth has been charged with failing to comply with a health direction and is due in court on January 4. Jenny Maree D'ubios faces a maximum penalty of $50,000 or 12 months in prison if convicted.

* On Monday Victoria recorded its 59th consecutive day without a locally-acquired COVID-19 case. The state reported two new cases in hotel quarantine.

* Queensland, which has gone 104 days without any community transmission, recorded five new cases in hotel quarantine.

* Western Australia reported three new cases, all in hotel quarantine.

* South Australia reported one new case in hotel quarantine.

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* There were 25 new coronavirus cases recorded in Australia, with 14 in NSW, five in Queensland, three in Western Australia, two in Victoria and one in South Australia.

* 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 81,145,397

* Deaths: at least 1,771,982

* Recovered: at least 57,294,192