Melbourne will be in lockdown until late October, with greater freedoms to be granted to fully vaccinated Victorians once the state reaches the 80 per cent double-dose target.
Recreation rules will be relaxed in Sydney's hardest hit suburbs as vaccination rates continue to climb.
Three more Victorian regions will join Melbourne and Ballarat in a seven-day lockdown due to rising COVID-19 case numbers in each area.
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An investigation has been launched after a woman's body was found on the NSW Mid North Coast.
French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to hold a call with US President Joe Biden in the next few days amid a diplomatic crisis triggered by Australia's cancellation of a submarine contract.
Australia's two most populous states have their focus on reopening their economies even as infection rates remain relatively high and death tolls continue to climb.
More than 1800 new virus cases have been reported from outbreaks in NSW and Victoria as the first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in the country.
France has plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal that sank a French-designed submarine contract.
Sydney's status as a globally-engaged city can be rebuilt through the establishment of shorter home quarantine periods for vaccinated international arrivals, the NSW government hopes.