LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* Four million Australians are expected to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of March, as a super-infectious strain from the UK threatens the globe.
* The first people to be vaccinated will be quarantine and border workers, frontline health officials, aged care and disability workers and aged care residents.
* Queensland is on high alert for cases of community transmission after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel tested positive for COVID-19. The infection ends almost four months of zero locally acquired cases in the state.
* NSW recorded zero new locally acquired cases in a 24-hour period, from almost 28,000 tests, but one new case was uncovered on the northern beaches after the 8pm cut-off time.
* Meanwhile a government agency has apologised after the app mandatorily used by hospitality venues across NSW to record customers’ contact details for contact-tracing suffered an hours-long outage.
* The SCG Test began on Thursday, with spectators required to wear masks. NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard confirmed similar requirements would be imposed on other major sporting events going forward.
* Victoria has confirmed its concerning new mystery virus case who attended the Boxing Day Test and a major Melbourne shopping complex is linked to Sydney’s northern beaches cluster.
* Western Australia’s premier Mark McGowan has pledged to hold a review into the three recent personal protective breaches surrounding a COVID-19 patient who returned from the United Kingdom.
* A paramedic, a nurse and a third person are all in hotel quarantine in Perth after coming into contact with the woman aged in her 80s.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* There were 10 new virus cases recorded in Australia – two in Queensland (one locally acquired, one overseas acquired), six in NSW (overseas acquired) and two in Western Australia (overseas acquired).
* The national death toll is 909: Victoria 820, NSW 56, Tasmania 13, WA 3, Queensland 1, SA 1.
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* Cases: at least 87,186,000
* Deaths: at least 87,186,000
* Recovered: at least 48,777,000
* Source John Hopkins University and Medicine