Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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* Prime Minister Scott Morrison is refusing to back down from the India travel ban despite a torrent of criticism from high-profile figures and within conservative ranks.

* The federal government is downplaying a threat to jail or fine people who dodge the flight pause, which is in place until at least May 15 because of India's coronavirus catastrophe.

* Former Test cricketer Michael Slater, who is attempting to return home from a commentary stint in India, said the prime minister had blood on his hands over the decision.

* Mr Morrison labelled the accusation absurd on breakfast TV before tempering his language at a news conference.

* Labor foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong questioned why the government announced the punitive measures if there was no intention of using them.

* Eight crossbench members and senators have written to the prime minister urging him to revoke the ban, urgently repatriate the most vulnerable and set up facilities that are "safe, reliable and available for increasing quarantine needs".

* The Australian Medical Association is also urging the government to drop the threat of jail and fines, while also committing to bring the vulnerable cohort home as soon as the flight pause is lifted.

* There are about 9000 Australians in India who want to return home with 650 considered vulnerable.

* A West Australian man tested positive for coronavirus after returning from Melbourne but authorities believe it is a historic infection.

* Queensland is urging the federal government to look at regional quarantine options amid a travel ban leaving Australians stranded in India.

* The NSW government has begun to explore the possibility of creating an mRNA therapeutics industry but the initiative is unlikely to bear fruit in the short term.

* Almost 7000 coronavirus jabs have been administered in Victoria since the state opened its vaccination hubs to everyone aged over 50.


* The AFL clash between Fremantle and Brisbane on Sunday has been switched to the Gabba following Perth's recent COVID-19 scares.


* There have been 2,316,969 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Monday, including 56,354 in the previous 24 hours.

* Of the total, 1,483,399 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 38,493 in the previous 24 hours).

* 1,245,117 have been issued in primary care (+34,668 ) and 238,282 in aged and disability facilities (+3825).

* 833,570 have been administered by the states and territories, including 7861 in the previous 24 hours.

* 220,133 have been administered in Victoria (+7776), 215,006 in NSW (+3984), 147,216 in Queensland (+479), 147,216 in Western Australia (+2166), 62,094 in South Australia (+1579), 39,736 in Tasmania (+1193), 30,011 in the ACT (+684) and 16,820 in the NT (+0).


* Australia reported no new locally acquired virus cases on Tuesday. There were 11 new overseas-acquired cases; seven in NSW, two in SA, and one each in Victoria and Queensland.

* 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 153,553,000

* Deaths: at least 3,213,000

* Recovered: at least 90,274,000.

Data current as of 1730 AEST on May 4, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.