LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* Most current virus-related restrictions across Greater Sydney will be extended for another week despite no new local cases.
* NSW Health says it is still unsure how an infected east Sydney man caught the virus, which shared the same genomic sequencing as a returned traveller from the US in quarantine.
* New Zealand’s suspension of quarantine-free travel with NSW will lift at midnight on Sunday.
* NZ COVID-19 Minister Chris Hipkins says he is satisfied travel can resume following no evidence of “widespread undetected community transmission”.
* More generally, international travel will be restricted until at least 2022 with assumptions in this week’s federal budget assuming Australia’s border will open next year.
* Overseas travel is expected to happen in stages as more bubbles open with safe countries.
* The federal government’s goal is to progressively open as quickly as possible, subject to safety, according to Health Minister Greg Hunt.
* However the opposition has warned Australians won’t be fully vaccinated until 2023 based on the current speed of the rollout.
* More than $ 260 million in economic stimulus will be tipped into’s Melbourne’s coronavirus-affected CBD, including a dining voucher scheme.
* The state government said on Sunday it would add $ 100 million to the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a sum matched by the City of Melbourne.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* There have been 2,654,338 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Saturday, including 26,613 in the previous 24 hours.
* Of the total, 1,720,114 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of +18,687 in the previous 24 hours).
* 1,458,316 have been issued in primary care (+17,505) and 261,798 in aged and disability facilities (+1,182).
* 926,298 have been administered by the states and territories, including 21,948 in the previous 24 hours.
* 261,152 have been administered in Victoria (+3,677), 235,852 in NSW (+1,127), 157,164 in Queensland (+317), 113,624 in Western Australia (+1,019), 69,780 in South Australia (+934), 43,620 in Tasmania (+465), 33,627 in the ACT (+387) and 19,405 in the NT (+0).
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported no new locally acquired virus cases on Saturday. There were 17 new overseas-acquired cases: Six in NSW, six in Victoria, three 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).
GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Cases: at least 157,690,329
* Deaths: at least 3,283,048
* Recovered: at least 93,709,032.
Data current as of 1730 AEST on May 8, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.
Australian Associated Press