LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* NSW has endured its worst day of the current COVID-19 outbreak, prompting a further tightening of lockdown restrictions and a warning thousands could die if the virus runs rampant across the state.
* The state recorded 44 new cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Thursday, 29 of which were active in the community for some or all of their infectious period.
* The number of close contacts isolating across NSW also doubled in 24 hours, from 7000 to 14,000.
* Australia will soon have access to one million doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine each week when rollout-boosting supplies are brought forward.
* From July 19, arrivals of Pfizer doses will increase to about one million a week with 4.5 million expected in August.
* Disability support workers will not yet be forced to get vaccinated against coronavirus in order to keep their jobs.
* The Northern Territory has eased COVID-19 health restrictions in Darwin and Alice Springs, with people encouraged to get out and enjoy the weekend.
* More than 700 workers from a COVID-19 ravaged mine in central Australia will start flying home after testing negative for the virus. They were forced to isolate after a worker tested positive on June 26.
* Victoria could consider stricter border restrictions as concerns grow about the NSW COVID-19 outbreak.
* Australia is set to trial home quarantine for fully vaccinated overseas arrivals who will still be required to spend 14 days in isolation. South Australia will host the pilot scheme based around arrivals from countries with low rates of infection.
* Scott Morrison is open to a Melbourne pub's offer of free beer for punters vaccinated against coronavirus despite the medicines regulator rejecting the idea.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* There have been 8,871,572 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Thursday including +164,773 in the previous 24 hours.
* 6,645,987 first doses (32.23 per cent of Australians 16 and over), 2,180,230 second doses (10.57 per cent)
* Of the total, 5,044,200 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of +92,441 in the previous 24 hours).
* 3,827,372 have been administered by the states and territories, including 72,332 in the previous 24 hours.
* 1,238,347 have been administered in Victoria (+15,528), 1,004,162 in NSW (+21,609), 672,927 in Queensland (+14,412), 346,820 in Western Australia (+6382), 271,659 in South Australia (+10,066), 126,554 in Tasmania (+1485), 97,095 in the ACT (+1507) and 69,808 in the NT (+1343).
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported 44 local cases on Friday, all in NSW.
* There were six new overseas-acquired case in hotel quarantine, one in Victoria, one in NSW, two in South Australia and two in the Northern Territory.
* 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 185,564,006
* Deaths: at least 4,010,652
* Vaccine doses administered: at least 3,355,987,213
Data current as at 1730 AEST on July 9, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.