Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* Australian authorities have thrown their support behind the AstraZeneca vaccine despite a handful of new allergic reactions and increasing global trepidation.

* Four people in Queensland suffered reactions in the past two days, prompting the state government to urge people with a history of anaphylaxis to avoid getting the jab.

* At least 17 countries have suspended or delayed using the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of blood clots in people who have received the shot.

* Australia will send 8000 coronavirus vaccines to Papua New Guinea to immunise frontline health workers and combat a spiralling outbreak.

* With PNG just kilometres by sea from the Torres Strait Islands, there are grave concerns as case numbers balloon even with low testing rates.

* PNG Prime Minister James Marape fears the country's infection rate could be as high as one in every three or four people.

* Six refugees formerly detained on Manus Island are among those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea in recent days.

* Meanwhile, a new case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in a person who stayed in the same Sydney quarantine hotel where a security guard was infected by a guest last week. All three cases are genomically linked.

* The case comes as restrictions relax in NSW, with people permitted to stand and drink at a bar for the first time in 12 months.

* Brisbane's hospital, aged care facilities and disability providers are also likely to come out of lockdown on Friday after no new cases of community transmission were reported.

* The lockdown began when a doctor tested positive on Friday after working at Princess Alexandra Hospital and visiting four venues in the city's south on Thursday.

SPORT:

* South Australia has "got the balance right" with crowd numbers for the opening of the AFL season but will look to further reduce COVID-19 restrictions on the basis of health advice, Premier Steven Marshall says.

* Up to 40,000 people will be allowed for AFL games at Adelaide Oval this season, still well below the stadium's 53,500 capacity.

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Australia recorded one new locally acquired case of the coronavirus on Wednesday, a returned traveller in hotel quarantine in Sydney.

* There were 16 new overseas-acquired cases in hotel quarantine; six in NSW, six in Queensland, two in SA and one each in WA and the NT.

* 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 120,710,000

* Deaths: at least 2,670,000

* Recovered: at least 68,458,000.

Data current as of 1830 AEDT on March 17, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.