Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* Older Australians will be encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 under a new campaign to be launched within weeks.

* The Australian Medical Association wants a more effective national strategy to motivate people who are in no rush to get their shots.

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison said $40 million was being spent on advertising, focusing on those happy to get the jab.

* Labor leader Anthony Albanese accused the government of sending mixed messages about the rollout.

* Australian regulators uncovered six more cases of rare blood clots linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, but say they are not unexpected as the rollout expands.

* The new cases include a 57-year-old woman from Victoria, a 79-year-old man from Victoria, a 53-year-old South Australian man and an 18-year-old woman in Queensland.

* Victoria's budget rests on key assumptions about the COVID-19 crisis, including that any further outbreaks can be quickly contained.

* People in NSW aged between 40 and 49 can now make a booking to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at 25 sites around the state.

* The Queensland government will put off a mass vaccination hub until the last quarter of the year because it is no longer administering the AstraZeneca vaccine.

* The devastated brother of an Australian man who died in India is pleading for an exemption to allow his elderly father to come and live with him in Sydney.

AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:

* There were 3,371,728 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Wednesday, including 92,874 in the previous 24 hours.

* Of the total, 2,187,101 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 62,231 in the previous 24 hours).

* 1,874,027 have been issued in primary care (+56,566) and 313,074 in aged and disability facilities (+5665).

* 1,184,627 have been administered by the states and territories, including +30,643 in the previous 24 hours.

* 344,259 have been administered in Victoria (+9497), 314,613 in NSW (+11,343), 178,372 in Queensland (+2886), 139,289 in Western Australia (+2885), 87,166 in South Australia (+1911), 53,816 in Tasmania (+154), 41,151 in the ACT (+843) and 25,961 in the NT (+1131).

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Australia reported no new locally acquired virus cases on Thursday. There were five new overseas-acquired cases; two in NSW, and one each in Queensland, WA and SA.

* 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).

GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Cases: at least 164,914,000

* Deaths: at least 3,417,000

* Vaccine doses administered: at least 1,536,427,000.

Data current as of 1730 AEST on May 20, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.