LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS:
- Queensland has recorded no new cases of COVID-19, allowing health authorities to focus on the vaccination rollout. The Pfizer vaccine was given to 203 people yesterday.
- Victoria has recorded a fourth consecutive day with no new cases of COVID-19, paving the way for restrictions to be further eased later in the week.
- Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has again called on the federal government to back her plan for a regional quarantine camp and allow international flights to land at Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport.
- Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese and Greens leader Adam Bandt have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Canberra. Prime Minister Scott Morrison had brought forward his injection to the weekend.
- The United States has crossed the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths just more than a year since the coronavirus pandemic claimed its first known victim. President Joe Biden has led the mourning.
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out a phased plan to end England’s COVID-19 lockdown, offering a “cautious” approach to try to prevent a return to wholesale restrictions that have hobbled the economy.
- France and Scotland may have their Six Nations rugby match rescheduled after a coronavirus outbreak in the French squad. Ten players and three staff members have tested positive.
- The head of the World Health Organisation is pleading with rich countries to check before ordering additional COVID-19 vaccine for themselves whether that undermines efforts to get vaccine to poorer countries.