LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* Australia will soon begin sharing its vaccine stockpile with nations in the Pacific, despite the derailment of its own inoculation plan at a time when hotel quarantine systems are reporting an influx of COVID patients.
* At least 10,000 Australian-manufactured doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are to be distributed each week to help the country’s neighbours inoculate their highest-risk populations at a time when the international supply is constrained.
* Supply will scale up as required, Health Minister Greg Hunt, Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Minister for International Development and the Pacific Zed Seselja said in a joint statement.
* Fiji, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands will begin receiving doses in the coming weeks.
* The announcement comes as Australian health authorities are racing to rebuild their vaccine rollout timetable, after new health advice forced the government to bin its initial plan.
* The Victorian government lifted restrictions on venues with fewer than 1000 seats at midnight on Friday. It’s the first time in about a year venues have been allowed to run at full capacity.
* The state government says a “density quotient” of one person for every two square metres will still apply in areas such as lobbies, and people will still have to “check in”.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported no locally-acquired virus cases on Saturday. There were six overseas-acquired cases in hotel quarantine: four in NSW, one in Queensland and one in Victoria.
* 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 134,710,324
* Deaths: at least 2,915,806
* Recovered: at least 76,511,960
Data current as of 1700 AEST on April 10, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.