Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* Australia has secured half a million doses of Pfizer coronavirus vaccines in a swap deal with Singapore.

* Under the agreement, 500,000 doses are expected to arrive for distribution next week and Australia will send the same amount to Singapore in December.

* Victorians will be given "modest" freedoms based on coronavirus case targets under a plan to ease the state out of lockdown.

* Premier Daniel Andrews said the government is working with the chief health officer to finalise a "detailed plan", to be released on Wednesday.

* Victoria recorded 76 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday and later confirmed two infected Victorian women, one aged in her 40s and one in her 60s, had died at home. They are the state's first COVID-related deaths this year.

* NSW will halve its hotel quarantine intake to allow health staff to be redirected to other areas until vaccination coverage reaches 70 per cent, at which point arrival numbers will rapidly rise.

* Police have broken up almost 80 small anti-lockdown protests across NSW, arresting more than 150 people.

* The state recorded 1164 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Monday, as well as three deaths. It takes the death toll for the current NSW outbreak to 96.

* Canberra's lockdown has been extended for another fortnight amid continuing concern over mystery coronavirus cases and the spiralling outbreak in NSW.

* Chief Minister Andrew Barr announced lockdown won't lift before midnight on September 17, after the ACT recorded another 13 infections.

* The Queensland government has lashed out at its NSW and federal counterparts, saying they are "chock full of crazies" trying to force open the country regardless of the health consequences.

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison toned down his criticism of states wary of releasing restrictions at the lower threshold, saying he understood people wanted to be cautious.

* The Morrison government has defended its Indigenous coronavirus vaccine rollout, which has been heavily criticised after Australia's first Aboriginal death.

SPORT:

* Perth's Optus Stadium will host the 2021 AFL grand final, with Victoria's coronavirus lockdown forcing the decider to be moved from the MCG for a second year.

AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:

* There have been 19,362,666 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Monday, including 276,925 in the previous 24 hours.

* Of the total, 11,250,529 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 164,940 in the previous 24 hours).

* 8,112,137 have been administered by the states and territories, including 111,985 in the previous 24 hours.

* Nationwide, 58.7 per cent of people aged over 16 have received one vaccine dose while 35 per cent are fully vaccinated.

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Australia reported 1253 local cases on Tuesday: 1164 in NSW, 76 in Victoria, and 13 in the ACT.

* There were also four overseas-acquired cases reported, all in NSW.

* The national death toll is 1008: Victoria 822, NSW 152, 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 217,121,000.

* Deaths: at least 4,510,000.

* Vaccine doses administered: at least 5,245,483,000.

Data current as at 1830 AEST on August 31, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.

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