Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

South Australia and Western Australia will be the first states to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
South Australia and Western Australia will be the first states to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.


* The first doses of the AstraZeneca virus vaccines are ready to be administered, as leaders prepare for their next major meeting.

* Chief nurse Alison McMillan confirmed South Australia and Western Australia would be the first states to get that particular vaccine, from Friday.

* The rollout has so far involved the Pfizer vaccine, with about 61,000 doses administered.

* Another two people have tested positive for the Russian strain of COVID-19 amid an outbreak on a flight to Brisbane, with another 72 quarantine guests to be tested for the virus.

* Queensland authorities are concerned a COVID-19 "superspreader" may have passed on the virus to people on the flight and possibly in hotel quarantine.

* Six people aboard the flight which arrived from Qatar on February 17 have so far tested positive to the virus.

* Another five new cases - workers from a Papua New Guinea mine - were reported in Queensland quarantine hotels on Thursday.

* International flights into Victoria, paused during last month's five-day lockdown, remain on hold, with the premier unable to say when they will resume.

* Meanwhile, senior government officials have told a parliamentary inquiry the next four to eight weeks are "critical" for the airline sector.


* Australia recorded no new locally acquired cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday. There were 11 new cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine: four in NSW and seven in Queensland.

* 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).


* Cases: at least 115,174,000

* Deaths: at least 2,559,000

* Recovered: at least 65,118,000

Data current as of 1730 AEDT on March 4, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.

Australian Associated Press