Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison recommended people in COVID-hit areas who have received their first AstraZeneca shot should get the second jab eight weeks after the first, instead of waiting 12 weeks.

* An extra 300,000 vaccine doses, half of them Pfizer and half AstraZeneca, will be made available for NSW.

* Health experts have recommended disability support workers are forced to get vaccinated if they want to keep their jobs. The policy will be debated at a national cabinet meeting on Friday.

* NSW reported 38 new local cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, including at least 20 who were in the community for part or all of their infectious period.

* NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the community "can't live reasonably" with the Delta strain, implying Greater Sydney and surrounds will remain in lockdown until the current outbreak is significantly curtailed.

* Eleven people are in intensive care in NSW, with three ventilated.

* The liquid assets test on COVID-19 disaster payments will be waived from the third week of Sydney's lockdown. Mutual obligation requirements for social welfare payments will also be lifted.

* NSW Police announced 100 more officers will patrol southwest Sydney from Friday in an attempt to discourage unnecessary activity.

* WA authorities ordered 51 people in regional Geraldton to isolate after potentially having contact with a coronavirus-infected ship crewman.

* Queensland recorded two new locally acquired cases, with both already in home quarantine.

* Queensland mandated students doing placements in restricted hospitals, aged care providers, and disability care providers, must be fully vaccinated.

* Ten Sunshine Coast University Hospital staff were ordered into 14-day isolation after saving the life of a COVID-19 patient on Wednesday.

* Victoria's Health Minister Martin Foley urged Victorians not to travel to NSW, warning stricter border restrictions could be imposed.

* Northern Territory businesses impacted by ongoing health restrictions can get extra financial support, the government announced.

* Indigenous health group the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress said it had received reports some people in the Alice Springs area have been told vaccination "shows a lack of faith in God".

* The NT recorded two new local cases, both Tanami mine site workers who have been in quarantine during their infectious period.

* South Australia scrapped border restrictions for WA and the NT but kept NSW locked out.

AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:

* There have been 8,706,799 doses administered in the national vaccination rollout up to Wednesday, including 139,133 in the previous 24 hours.

* Those figures break down to 6,570,323 first doses (31.86 per cent of Australians 16 and over), 2,099,169 second doses (10.18 per cent).

* Of the total, 4,951,759 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 85,823 in the previous 24 hours).

* 3,755,7040 have been administered by the states and territories, including 53,310 in the previous 24 hours.

* 1,222,819 have been administered in Victoria (+6571), 982,553 in NSW (+19,768), 658,515 in Queensland (+15,704), 340,438 in Western Australia (+6806), 261,593 in South Australia (+0), 125,069 in Tasmania (+1440), 95,588 in the ACT (+1431) and 68,465 in the NT (+1590).

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Australia reported 42 local cases on Thursday: 38 in NSW, two in Queensland and two in the NT.

* There were three new overseas-acquired cases in hotel quarantine: one each in NSW, Queensland and SA.

* 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 185,088,498.

* Deaths: at least 4,001,920.

* Vaccine doses administered: at least 3,326,765,213.

Data current as at 1815 AEST on July 8, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.

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