A week to wait until next COVID stats

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At the height of COVID-19 the daily case numbers became popular viewing and reading, but in a sign the pandemic is easing, Australians will have to wait a week for the next set of statistics.

New scheduling means a fresh round of figures, including diagnoses and deaths, will be published on Friday.

Saturday is the first day in more than a year that daily data won't be available.

Federal Health Minister Mark Butler said the regime will be consistent with official health advice.

"The move is supported by chief health officers and will ensure high quality, accurate information is provided that sheds more light on COVID dynamics," he said in a statement.

"This approach will bring national reporting in line with all the states and territories and support the analysis of COVID trends nationally and globally."

More than 8000 new COVID-19 cases and 135 deaths were reported across Australia on Friday.

Mandatory face masks were removed from domestic flights last week.

The isolation period for COVID-positive people has been reduced from seven to five days.