Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

·3-min read

LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* Australians are being urged to consult with their doctors regarding any concerns they have over COVID-19 vaccines after it was recommended the AstraZeneca type should only be used for the over-50s.

* Just hours after Trade Minister Dan Tehan said the government was aiming to get all Australians vaccinated with at least one dose by the end of the year, a government spokesperson said there had been no change in position.

* That is, the government is awaiting advice from medical experts about potential timeframes, but the goal is to ensure every Australian is vaccinated "as early as possible".

* Australian Medical Association president Omar Khorshid is urging Australians to discuss with their GP which vaccine they should have, noting most younger Australians would not be eligible for the vaccine until later this year anyway.

* Dr Khorshid said the AstraZeneca vaccine remains very safe and effective, and access to the alternative, preferred Pfizer vaccine is likely to be delayed.

* Health minister Greg Hunt insists GPs have "flocked" to participate in the program in the coming week, and have not been put off by the advice on AstraZeneca jab.

* There were no new COVID-19 community transmission cases reported on Sunday.

* Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said there was one case believed to be an historic link to the recent Byron Bay cluster and was under investigation, adding it was not a risk to the community.

* The Morrison government is extending two support measures introduced during the coronavirus pandemic to help boost Australia's film and television industry.

* Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said the $50 million temporary interruption fund (TIF) will be extended for a further six months, to provide coverage for productions that commence principal photography prior to December 31, 2021.

* The government will also retain at 40 per cent the producer offset tax rebate rate for feature films with a theatrical release.

* The government will raise the producer offset rate from 20 to 30 per cent for other eligible formats such as drama and documentary content for television and streaming platforms.

* Travel agents struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to apply for further federal government support with additional funding to help their businesses survive.

* The federal government has announced it will provide an extra $130 million to travel agents, on top of $128 million already being provided under the COVID-19 Consumer Travel Support Program.

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Australia reported no locally-acquired virus cases on Saturday. There were nine overseas-acquired cases in hotel quarantine: six in NSW, two in WA, one in SA.

* 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 135,371,658

* Deaths: at least 2,928,119

* Recovered: at least 76,905,112

Data current as of 1700 AEST on April 11, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.