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One million extra vaccine doses, half bound for Sydney’s hotspots

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The remaining doses will arrive in Australia this week and will be distributed among other states and territories, Mr Morrison said.

The allocations to the remaining states and territories is: Victoria 175,500, Queensland 136,890, South Australia 47,970, Western Australia 70,200, Tasmania 17,550, Northern Territory 8,190, and the ACT 14,040.

He implored people to only leave their homes “when you absolutely have to”, even if the government rules permitted them to be outside.

“And so my plea to my fellow Australians particularly my fellow Sydneysiders stay at home. Stay at home only leave when you absolutely have to,” Mr Morrison said.

“There’s no need to be out for hours and hours and hours a day. I know the rules provide it. But please don’t do it, stay home. The more we do that, the more likely we’re going to get through this.”

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said while the state was in the middle of a “concerning” outbreak, he would not “quibble” about NSW getting a bigger slice of those jabs which is their “way out of this”.

“They have to be given more vaccine in NSW because nothing else they’re doing is working,” he said.

“I’m not for a moment quibbling or in any way being difficult about them getting more than us, they needed more than us, frankly. That’s not to say we don’t have need, but their need is far greater at the moment and the only thing that’s going to work for them.”

Poland’s Australian embassy said in a statement Australia had been added to the list of “low and middle-income countries” with which Poland was sharing vaccines such as in the Balkans, due to the recent outbreaks of the Delta strain of coronavirus. The doses were sold on a non-profit basis, according to the embassy.

“The decision to also add Australia to the list was taken against the backdrop of the current outbreak of Delta variant in the country, following the talks between both countries’ officials, including the Prime Ministers and foreign ministers,” the statement said.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said rapid antigen testing will be trialled in 50 aged care facilities in Sydney.

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