LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* Fully vaccinated people in NSW will be able to visit family and friends, dine out, go to the hairdresser, gym or football as well as travel, once the state hits 70 per cent coverage next month.
* The freedoms will be policed through adding a vaccination status feature to the state's QR code check-in system, the premier reiterated when announcing the state's "roadmap" out of lockdown.
* Another 1405 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths were reported in NSW on Thursday.
* Parts of regional NSW that have had no COVID-19 cases in the past fortnight will be released from lockdown at midnight on Friday.
* Victoria has recorded 324 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases - its highest figure since August 2020 - as the state's hospitals prepare for a surge in patients.
* GPs, pharmacists and community leaders from Melbourne's north are calling for the federal and state governments to "urgently" redirect Pfizer doses to the region, which has the second-lowest vaccination rate in the state and more than half of Thursday's new infections.
* The ACT recorded 15 new cases, with the plan for the territory's gradual steps out of lockdown due to be announced on Tuesday.
* Canberra will also be the first jurisdiction in Australia to vaccinate half of its over-16 population, a threshold to be reached within 24 hours.
* Meanwhile, Queensland will keep its road borders shut despite the announcement lockdown would lift in many northern NSW communities.
* One new locally acquired case was reported in Queensland on Thursday - the brother of a four-year-old girl who has COVID-19. He has been in home quarantine for his entire infectious period.
* In New Zealand, the number of new COVID-19 cases dropped again, to 13, as the government announced it was sourcing extra vaccine doses from Spain to help meet a surge in demand.
* Meanwhile Scott Morrison has denied his government failed to secure a Pfizer vaccine agreement quickly enough after revelations the pharmaceutical giant pushed for a high-level meeting five months before Australia announced its first deal with them.
* The Prime Minister also on Thursday offered hope to Australians stranded overseas that they may return this year and quarantine in homes, once 80 per cent full vaccination coverage in Australia is reached.
* Vaccine developer Novavax Inc has announced it will start a trial in Australia to test its combined flu and COVID-19 vaccine, with trial results due in the first half of 2022.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* There have been 21,850,954 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Tuesday, including 311,368 in the previous 24 hours.
* Of the total, 12,623,175 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 179,008 in the previous 24 hours).
* 9,227,779 have been administered by the states and territories, including 132,360 in the previous 24 hours.
* Nationwide, 65.38 per cent of people aged over 16 have received one vaccine dose while 40.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported 1745 local cases on Wednesday: 1405 in NSW, 324 in Victoria, 15 in the ACT and one in Queensland.
* There were also six overseas-acquired case reported: two in NSW, two in SA and one each in Victoria and Western Australia.
* The national death toll is 1059: Victoria 823, NSW 204, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 7, 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 222,568,000.
* Deaths: at least 4,596,000.
* Vaccine doses administered: at least 5,567,427,000.
Data current as at 1730 AEST on September 9, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.