Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* The federal government has again defended "hiccups" in the vaccine rollout amid complaints of disorganisation and a slower-than-expected rollout.

* The opposition has likened it to organising a child's birthday party, claiming: "You make sure that the email address on the party invite actually works. You don't invite 30 children if you can only get 10 in the pool."

* Responding to the criticism, Liberal MP Jason Falinski told the ABC: "There will be hiccups along the way in the rollout of this vaccine. We have zero community transmission so we can get take the time to get this right."

* More than 250,000 virus jabs have been administered but that's far from the four million Prime Minister Scott Morrison said would be complete by the end of March.

* Doctors say the federal government should have tempered expectations of a fast rollout as they reassure patients they will get their jabs.

* Queensland will allow flights from New Zealand to land again from 6pm on Saturday after it managed to get on top of recent community transmissions.

* More than 150 seasonal workers from Vanuatu have arrived in Tasmania as the first cohort to do so under a quarantine agreement struck by the state.

* Another 144 workers will arrive from the Solomon Islands on Tuesday.

* E-commerce giant eBay says Australians selling items using virtual marketplaces made about $4300 each on average as COVID-19 kept people off the streets and online.

* Essential and emergency workers who protected Victoria through bushfires and COVID-19 outbreaks have attended a concert and brunch hosted by Governor Linda Dessau.

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Australia reported no new locally acquired case of the coronavirus on Saturday. Nine overseas acquired cases reported in hotel quarantine: One in WA, three in NSW, four in Queensland and one is 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).

GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Cases: at least 122,315,998

* Deaths: at least 2,701,450

* Recovered: at least 69,265,063

Data current as of 1815 AEDT on March 20, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.