Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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* A released guest and a second quarantine hotel worker have tested positive for COVID-19 in Victoria.

* The state's health department was on Tuesday notified that a resident of the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport had returned a positive test after completing her 14-day stay.

* Earlier in the day they were informed a second worker at the same hotel had tested positive to the virus.

* Victorian authorities are also separately dealing with the state's first intensive care case in four months - a returned overseas traveller.

* Meanwhile, NSW has recorded 23 consecutive days without a locally-acquired COVID-19 case but authorities are still scambling to work out how a returned traveller from South America contracted the virus.

* Extensive investigations are continuing into the source of infection for the traveller who tested positive after being released from hotel quarantine in Sydney last week.

* The chief medical officer has sought to quell concerns that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which Australia will have as its mainstay, is ineffective against new variants of coronavirus.

* The European Union has promised not to block shipments of coronavirus vaccines to Australia. Australia is relying on 20 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which are being produced within Europe.



* Cricket Australia has been accused of acting "against the spirit of sportsmanship" and damaging the sport as bad blood continues to bubble after a tour of South Africa was scuppered on health grounds.

* Last week, CA pulled the pin on a three-Test tour of South Africa that was slated to start in March.



* Two new locally acquired cases were recorded in Australia on Tuesday, both in Victoria.

* 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).



* Cases: at least 106,474,000.

* Deaths: at least 2,325,000.

* Recovered: at least 59,382,000.

Data current as of 1700 AEDT on February 9, taking in federal and state/territory government updates, Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.