LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
* Victoria will enter a seven-day lockdown from 11.59pm on Thursday as health authorities race to contain a COVID-19 cluster that has grown to 26 cases.
* One of the people infected has been placed on ventilation in an intensive care unit.
* There are now more than 10,000 primary and secondary contacts of positive cases as well as 150 exposure sites.
* People will only be able to leave home for five reasons – to shop for food and essential items, provide or receive care, exercise, work or study if they are unable to from home, and to get vaccinated.
* A five-kilometre travel limit will also be imposed for exercise and shopping, as will compulsory use of masks both indoors and outdoors.
* Victoria’s latest lockdown – the fourth in 15 months – is expected to leave businesses a further $1 billion in the red, with industry groups clamouring for financial support.
* Experts are also bracing themselves for a spike in domestic violence and mental health crises.
* NSW is the only state yet to introduce travel restrictions, with Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania completely shutting their borders to travellers from Victoria.
* New Zealand has also stopped quarantine-free travel to Victoria in response to the new cases, with more than 1000 New Zealand residents in the state told to “hunker down”.
* The outbreak has renewed criticism of the federal government’s approach to the vaccine rollout and hotel quarantine.
* Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino said the lockdown might not have been necessary had the Commonwealth effectively rolled out vaccines.
* But Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended his government, saying Victoria has enough vaccine doses and throwing his support behind the state’s plan to establish a 500-bed quarantine facility on Melbourne’s northern fringe.
* Unvaccinated aged care residents and staff in Victoria will be allowed to receive coronavirus jabs without the recommended two-week gap from flu shots, the Chief Medical Officer announced as a result of the outbreak.
* The AFL has switched two games to Sydney due to state border restrictions but is pressing ahead with a top-of-the-table clash in Melbourne despite Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak.
* A group of Australia’s potential Olympic swimmers have been moved from Melbourne to prevent the city’s coronavirus outbreak jeopardising selection trials for the looming Tokyo Games.
* Athletics Australia also relocated Victorian-based athletes to Queensland ahead of an Olympic warm-up meet on the Gold Coast next week.
* Melbourne’s Super Rugby Trans-Tasman clash with the Highlanders will be played in Sydney on Sunday with the Rebels unable to fly to New Zealand for the match.
AUSTRALIAN VACCINATION NUMBERS:
* There were 3,906,668 doses administered in the national COVID-19 vaccination rollout up to Wednesday, including +111,388 in the previous 24 hours.
* Of the total, 2,522,764 have been administered by the Commonwealth (an increase of 70,295 in the previous 24 hours).
* 2,185,537 have been issued in primary care (+66,094) and 337,227 in aged and disability facilities (+4,201).
* 1,383,904 have been administered by the states and territories, including 41,093 in the previous 24 hours.
* 398,009 have been administered in Victoria (+12,689), 384,056 in NSW (+12,939), 204,872 in Queensland (+6274), 158,332 in Western Australia (+3453), 99,446 in South Australia (+2119), 62,525 in Tasmania (+1724), 46,084 in the ACT (+760) and 30,580 in the NT (+1135).
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:
* Australia reported 12 new locally acquired virus cases on Wednesday, all in Victoria.
* There were three new overseas-acquired cases in hotel quarantine; two in Queensland and one in the Northern Territory.
* 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 168,422,000
* Deaths: at least 3,498,000
* Vaccine doses administered: at least 1,740,251,000.
Data current as of 1730 AEST on May 27, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.