LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
*State and territory borders continue to tighten as more coronavirus cases emerge in NSW and Victoria.
* The ACT has shut out NSW residents from the northern beaches, greater Sydney, the central coast and Wollongong, unless they have an exemption. Those found entering without permission could be fined up to $8000.
*Tasmania has barred anyone directly linked to the latest Victorian virus cases, announcing on Saturday that its border was shut to anyone linked to one of nine sites where confirmed cases are known to have visited.
* NSW has reported seven new cases of COVID-19 and masks will soon be mandatory in Sydney shopping centres, on public transport and in entertainment venues.
* The NSW government backflip on mandating masks in Sydney has been applauded by peak bodies who have called for the change since the first COVID-19 outbreak.
* From midnight on Saturday, masks will be mandatory in shopping centres, on public transport, in places of worship, hair and beauty premises and entertainment venues such as cinemas. All hospitality staff are also required to wear one, with anyone disobeying the health order risking a $200 fine from Monday.
* Stay-at-home orders will continue for residents north of the Narrabeen Bridge in the northern beaches until at least January 9, while people in the southern half of the region will have the same restrictions as the rest of greater Sydney.
* Greater restrictions imposed on NSW businesses and gatherings include gym classes reduced to 30 people and places of worship and funerals limited to one person per four square metres, and up to a maximum of 100 people per separate area. Outdoor performances and protests are reduced to 500 people and controlled outdoor seated events reduced to 2000.
* Victoria has reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 community transmission, as thousands cut short their NSW holidays in a mad dash to get home ahead of borders shutting overnight. The 10 new cases recorded in the 24 hours to 8pm on Friday are all linked to the Black Rock restaurant cluster.
* Queenslanders who have been in Victoria on or since December 21 have been advised by authorities to get tested immediately and quarantine at home until they get their results. There are no changes to the state’s border restrictions but Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said she the situation in Victoria was very serious.
* Queensland has confirmed one new case of COVID-19, but is yet to announce further border restrictions in response to outbreaks in NSW and Victoria. The case confirmed on Saturday was acquired overseas and the state has maintained its streak of no community transmission.
* The Queensland border is closed to anyone who has been in the COVID declared hotspots of greater Sydney and surrounding areas in the past 14 days. Border declaration passes are also needed for travellers who have visited NSW since December 11.
* Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania have all further hardened their borders as a result of fresh cases in recent days.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* There were 17 new locally acquired coronavirus cases recorded in Australia, including seven in NSW and 10 in Victoria.
* There were 11 new cases of overseas origin of those already in hotel quarantine, including seven in the NT, three in WA and one in hospital quarantine in Qld.
* 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 84,382,650
* Deaths: at least 1,835,399
* Recovered: at least 59,642,271.