Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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* The federal government is copping strong criticism for its decision to impose fines and jail time on Australians attempting to return home from India amid an escalating coronavirus crisis.

* The Human Rights Commission says the "extraordinary" decision raises serious human rights concerns and that the government must show the measures are not discriminatory.

* Travellers from India have been blocked from entering Australia until at least May 15, when the decision will be re-assessed. Indirect routes via Doha, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore have also been closed off.

* Health Minister Greg Hunt says anyone attempting to defy the rules will be hit with fines of up to $66,600, five years in prison or both.

* Melbourne man Vishal Dhanda, who is stranded in Yamuna Nagar, outside Dehli, says he feels abandoned by the federal government after being given permission to travel in the first place.

* Mr Dhanda is among more than 9000 Australians now in India registered as wanting to return, which includes 650 considered vulnerable.

* Victoria's plan for a quarantine centre in Melbourne's north is being met with increasing federal hostility.

* Federal Liberal MP and former medical researcher Katie Allen has accused the state of proposing to build a facility with Commonwealth money rather than its own.

* The idea of the 500-bed centre, announced by the state government on Thursday, would need $200 million from Canberra, with Victoria chipping in $15 million for design and planning.

* Governor Linda Dessau has received her COVID shot at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building, joining hundreds of thousands of Victorians who have been vaccinated. She took the opportunity to thank frontline staff.

* Travellers who passed through Brisbane International Airport on Thursday have been warned of possible exposure sites after a transiting passenger tested positive.

* Queensland Health has identified the airport's Hudson's Coffee stand and adjacent seating area, and the male toilets adjacent to Gate 79 as areas visited by the infected passenger.

* The three flights affected are Air New Zealand NZ202 from Brisbane to Christchurch, Air New Zealand NZ146 from Brisbane to Auckland and Qantas QF135 from Brisbane to Christchurch.

* Manufacturer CSL has confirmed production of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for Australia has reached more than a million doses a week, with a major release due from mid-May.


* There have been 2,234,844 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Friday, including 55,300 in the previous 24 hours.

* Of the total, 1,425,925 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 39,438 in the previous 24 hours).

* 1,193,568 have been issued in primary care (+34,015) and 232,357 in aged and disability facilities (+5,423).

* 808,919 have been administered by the states and territories, including 15,862 in the previous 24 hours.

* 210,242 have been administered in Victoria (+3,444), 210,376 in NSW (+4,056), 146,497 in Queensland (+2,269), 98,895 in Western Australia (+2,387), 59,442 in South Australia (+1,478), 38,100 in Tasmania (+974), 28,547 in the ACT (+694) and 16,820 in the NT (+560).


* Australia reported no locally acquired virus cases on Saturday. There were 10 new overseas-acquired cases: four in NSW, three in Victoria, two in SA and one in WA.

* The national death toll is 910: Victoria 820, NSW 56, 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).


* Cases: at least 151,409,122

* Deaths: at least 3,180,624

* Recovered: at least 88,268,028

Data current as of 1730 AEST on May 1, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.