* Victoria recorded 51 new coronavirus cases and seven deaths on Thursday.
* The latest deaths pushed the state toll to 701 and the national figure to 788.
* Victoria's police boss Shane Patton revealed the force never requested the introduction of Melbourne's curfew, two days after chief health officer Brett Sutton said it wasn't his recommendation.
* Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews staunchly defended the curfew, saying it helped make the job for Victoria Police easier.
* The premier said restrictions in regional Victoria could ease by late next week as case numbers continue to fall.
* Health Minister Greg Hunt is confident a pause in one of the world's most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates will not delay Australia accessing the drug.
* The number of young Australians on the dole has soared almost 170 per cent as the coronavirus recession disproportionately affects under 35s.
* Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of bullying her after he pleaded with her to let a woman stuck in Brisbane quarantine go to her father's funeral.
* Staff from two Sydney public hospitals have been deployed to Concord Hospital's emergency department as 100 healthcare workers remain in isolation awaiting COVID-19 test results. NSW recorded seven new cases, with two returned travellers and five linked to known cases.
* Western Australia recorded one new case - a returned traveller in his 30s who is in hotel quarantine.
* August 2 to September 13 - stage four lockdown for Melbourne and stage three lockdown for regional Victoria.
* September 14 to September 27 - stage four lockdown for Melbourne with some changes including curfew moving back an hour to 9pm.
* From September 28 - if average daily cases are 30-50 in metro Melbourne over the previous 14 days, the city will move to the 'second step', which includes public gatherings increasing up to five people from two households and a staged return to school for some students.
* October 26 - Tasmania's state of emergency due to expire. In Melbourne, the curfew will be dropped from this date if over the previous fortnight the average number of new cases falls below five and there are fewer than five unknown source cases under the 'third step'.
* November - Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry report due.
* From November 23 - If there are no new cases for 14 days in Melbourne, the city will move to the 'last step' which includes all retail shops opening, public gatherings up 50 people outdoors and up to 20 visitors at a time allowed into a home.
* December 1 - Tasmania's borders will remain shut until at least the last month of 2020.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* There were 59 new cases in Australia - 51 in Victoria, seven in NSW and one in Western Australia. Victoria reported seven more deaths - four of those were linked to aged care outbreaks.
* The national death toll is 788: Victoria 701, NSW 54, 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).
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* Cases: at least 27,869,000
* Deaths: at least 903,000
* Recovered: at least 18,779,000
Data current as of 1700 AEST September 10, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates, Worldometer and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.