Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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* Australia will halve international arrival caps until at least next year over fears of a highly contagious coronavirus strain which has plunged 12 million people into lockdown.

* The number of people allowed to enter the country each week will fall from 6070 to 3035 after premiers sounded the alarm over the Delta variant.

* The reduction starts July 14 and there will be more government-facilitated flights to bring returning Australians to the Northern Territory's Howard Springs quarantine centre.

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison outlined a four-phase reopening strategy linked to vaccination rates after Friday's national cabinet meeting of federal, state and territory leaders.

* That included agreement that lockdowns be used as a last resort and trialling of home quarantine for fully vaccinated overseas arrivals.

* The later phases would involve letting more people enter Australia, treating coronavirus like other infectious disease including the flu then reaching the "back to normal" mark.

* The government is still hopeful of offering all people over 16 a jab by the end of the year, despite just eight per cent of people being fully vaccinated.

* A public health alert is being issued for parts of the Sunshine Coast after a new locally acquired coronavirus case, a man in his 50s, was identified.

* The man was in the community and potentially infectious for two days before the lockdown began, at his workplace, and briefly during lockdown.

* He works at the Sippy Downs campus of the University of the Sunshine Coast and was at work on June 28 and 29.

* Most residents of the southeast, and everyone in Townsville and on Magnetic and Palm Islands in the north, came out of a three-day lockdown at 6pm on Friday.

* But those living in Brisbane and Moreton Bay local government area will have to spend an extra 24 hours at home and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk hasn't ruled out a further extension.

* More than two million West Australians will be freed from lockdown despite one new local coronavirus case being detected.

* Premier Mark McGowan on Friday confirmed the four-day lockdown in Perth and the Peel region will end as scheduled at 12.01am on Saturday.

* The Northern Territory's COVID-19 lockdowns ended at 1pm on Friday in Greater Darwin and Alice Springs, but residents will have to wear masks and socially distance in public for seven more days.

* The next few days in NSW are "critical" as the state continues to record new COVID-19 cases in people who have been infectious in the community.

* Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Friday said she was relieved local case numbers had not significantly spiked in recent days, but authorities wanted to see a rise in the proportion of new cases already in isolation.

* She has encouraged her state's residents to dob in those who fail to comply with stay-at-home orders amid Greater Sydney's lockdown.

* NSW Police have issued 75 infringement notices in 24 hours to people failing to adhere to lockdown rules.

* Tasmania will tighten coronavirus check-in measures at businesses and other venues and maintain a cautious approach to easing border restrictions.

* Aged care providers have warned of a coronavirus blind spot if community workers are not included in a vaccine mandate.

* Catholic Health Australia, which represents residential and home-based aged care providers, says 150,000 aged care workers who care for one million older Australians living in the community are not covered in the government's priority category.

* Anti-vaxxers have been told to keep their "tinpot theories" to themselves after a protester threatened staff at a Melbourne centre administering the jab.

* Health Minister Martin Foley said that an anti-vaxxer barged into a COVID-19 vaccination centre at Cranbourne in the city's outer southeast on Friday morning and made "threatening remarks" to nursing staff.


* There have been 7,970,153 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Thursday, including 163,178 in the previous 24 hours.

* Of the total, 4,579,304 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 88,078 in the previous 24 hours).

* 4,140,510 have been issued in primary care (+84,496) and 438,794 in aged and disability facilities (+3582).

* 3,390,849 have been administered by the states and territories, including 75,100 in the previous 24 hours.

* 1,121,235 have been administered in Victoria (+19,663), 872,689 in NSW (+21,289), 588,224 in Queensland (+17,495), 305,701 in Western Australia (+6580), 238,974 in South Australia (+6089), 114,984 in Tasmania (+1250), 86,761 in the ACT (+1675) and 62,281 in the NT (+1059).


* Australia reported 35 local cases in its tally for Friday: 31 in NSW, three in Queensland and one in Western Australia.

* There were eight new overseas-acquired cases in hotel quarantine: three in Victoria, one in NSW, two in Queensland and two in South Australia.

* 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 182,645,084

* Deaths: at least 3,955,756

* Vaccine doses administered: at least 3,091,613,411

Data current as at 1730 AEST on July 2, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.

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