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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called on her interstate counterparts to "put things into perspective", noting COVID-19 cases, hospitalisations and deaths will decline in a world of high vaccination coverage.
* NSW reported a record 1288 new locally acquired cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, as well as seven deaths.
* Ms Berejiklian says people living in Sydney's 12 local government hotspots will be allowed unlimited daily exercise, rather than the one hour per day current permitted.
* The minor easing is because NSW has doled out more than seven million jabs - reaching 70 per cent first-dose vaccination coverage - with double-dose coverage expected around mid-October.
* The interval between doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been halved to six weeks in Victoria, in a push to ramp up inoculation rates and curb virus transmission.
* Acting Chief Health Officer Ben Cowie announced the change on Thursday, as the state recorded 176 new COVID-19 cases - its highest daily figure since August 22 last year, when 202 infections were recorded.
* The ACT won't follow the footsteps of some states in abandoning COVID-zero after recording 12 new infections.
* The territory has become Australia's first jurisdiction to cross the 80 per cent full vaccination mark for one age group - people aged between 75 and 79.
* Queensland has recorded a new locally-acquired case of COVID-19 and separately ordered an entire family into hotel quarantine, with some of them unwell after reportedly returning from Melbourne without quarantining.
* Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk signalled she could delay easing restrictions once COVID-19 vaccination coverage targets are hit due to concerns about unvaccinated children.
* Australia's Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said just three of the almost 4000 children aged under 12 infected with coronavirus in Australia this year have needed intensive care treatment.
* A bill to ensure the national cabinet of Australia's political leaders can keep its workings secret has been introduced to federal parliament.
* Fearmongering about COVID-19 is driving "incredibly low" vaccination rates in some Aboriginal communities in South Australia, health officials admit.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* There have been 20,028,084 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Wednesday, including 330,586 in the previous 24 hours.
* Of the total, 11,613,812 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 182,354 in the previous 24 hours).
* 8,414,272 have been administered by the states and territories, including 148,232 in the previous 24 hours.
* Nationwide, 60.5 per cent of people aged over 16 have received one vaccine dose while 36.4 per cent are fully vaccinated.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported 1477 local cases on Thursday: 1288 in NSW, 176 in Victoria, 12 in the ACT, and one in Queensland.
* There was also one overseas-acquired case reported in Queensland.
* The national death toll is 1019: Victoria 822, NSW 163, 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 218,440,000.
* Deaths: at least 4,543,000.
* Vaccine doses administered: at least 5,338,886,000.
Data current as at 1730 AEST on September 2, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.