Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

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LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:

* Scott Morrison denies criticising the European Union despite blaming a lack of vaccine exports for Australia's slow immunisation rollout.

* The prime minister has also challenged the powerful economic bloc to approve export licences for more than three million AstraZeneca doses, with the first million destined for Papua New Guinea.

* A federal government spokesman earlier said the European Commission was "arguing semantics" and had requested Australia withdraw export permit applications.

* The EU overnight rejected the federal government's claims it had blocked the vaccines being sent to Australia.

* Australia has administered about 855,000 vaccine doses despite the government promising four million jabs by the end of March.

* There are 2.5 million doses of Australian-made AstraZeneca shots awaiting testing from the nation's medicine regulator.

* More than 1.3 million doses of AstraZeneca have been released from CSL. A batch of 470,000 will be released later this week and another 480,000 early next week.

* About 30,000 people a week will be vaccinated against COVID-19 at a site in Sydney's inner west if the federal government can get the doses to NSW.

* Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced plans to vaccinate 60,000 people a week through 100 pre-existing sites as well as at the new hub.

* The state has vaccinated 134,323 people so far and is expected to pass the 150,000 mark by week's end.

* Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Australia shouldn't open its borders to any further countries until the vaccine rollout is completed, after the New Zealand travel bubble was announced.

* Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said vaccine supplies from the federal government remain inconsistent.

* Victorians are hoping it's third time lucky for their troubled hotel quarantine program, as authorities spruik stricter protocols to ensure COVID-19 doesn't leak into the community again.

* Some 106 returned travellers will arrive in Melbourne from 4.30am on Thursday from Colombo, Doha, Dubai and Singapore.

* Victoria hasn't accepted returned travellers since February 13, when workers contracted the UK strain of COVID-19 from guests at the Holiday Inn.

* Australian brewers want the federal government to slash the beer tax for pubs and clubs to help lift the hospitality sector out of its COVID-19 hangover.

SPORT:

* Australian allrounder Daniel Sams has tested positive to COVID-19 and is in isolation at a designated medical facility in India, according to his IPL franchise.

AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS:

* Australia reported no locally-acquired virus cases on Wednesday. There were 14 overseas-acquired cases reported in hotel quarantine: six each in NSW and Qld, and one each in Western Australia and South Australia.

* 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 132,447,475

* Deaths: at least 2,873,334

* Recovered: at least 75,210,168.

Data current as of 1700 AEDT on April 7, taking in federal and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre figures.