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We've put together a wrap of what's been happening in the news today. Take your pick:
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Instead, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said NSW would administer more first doses of Pfizer by increasing the time between the two jabs from three to six weeks.
"We will be confirming over the next 24 hours, the ability for, in New South Wales, in their state vaccine centres, for them to do greater amounts of first doses by staying within the medical advice."
But he did flag that if there were future opportunities to provide NSW with extra vaccine doses down the track, the government would provide them:
"Where there is potential to put more vaccines into New South Wales, even beyond what we are doing, of course we will seek to do that.
"But we're not going to disrupt the vaccination program around the rest of the country."
Pregnant women are now considered a priority in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, and have been added to Phase 1B.
Previously, the advice had been that women should only consider getting the vaccine if they were at high risk of getting COVID-19 or if they had a previous medical condition that might make them more vulnerable to the disease.
Mr Andrews referred to it a few times during the Victorian COVID-19 update:
"We need a ring of steel around Sydney so that this virus is not spreading to other parts of our nation.
"We will finish up with the whole country in lockdown if we don't do this properly."
He said it was too early to commit to easing the state's lockdown on Tuesday as planned, but case numbers were "very encouraging," with 14 new cases in the state today.
Later in the briefing, he said "Sydney is on fire" with the coronavirus and he'd take his call for a ring of steel to National Cabinet today…
When the PM was asked about Mr Andrews's ring of steel idea at this afternoon's press conference, he said:
"The only view that matters on this is the view of the New South Wales Premier, because they are responsible for how they manage the lockdown in New South Wales.
"Of course the Premier discussed these issues with her colleagues today and myself and there was, I think, good and positive discussion around that.
"It was a good opportunity, I think, for the New South Wales Premier to spell out in very specific detail the extensive lockdown that is in place in a New South Wales.
"There is nothing light about the lockdown in Sydney, I can assure you. My family are in it."
There were the key lines from the NSW briefing:
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New Zealand had already closed the quarantine-free travel bubble with three states – New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. 
But that has now been extended to all other Australian states and territories as well.
The pause will commence just before midnight, and will be reviewed in eight weeks.
Ms Ardern said her government was committed to getting New Zealanders home before the full suspension came into effect.
"My strong message to every New Zealander who is in Australia right now who has no intention of staying there long term is come home."
Health Minister Greg Hunt told the Seven Network the Therapeutic Goods Administration had approved the vaccine for all children in the cohort.
But while the vaccine has been approved for this age group, they won't be included in the rollout for some time.
Determining how to include children in the vaccine rollout, including whether to prioritise those with underlying health conditions who are at more risk of serious illness, will be left to the government's immunisation advisory panel.
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The state recorded one new case — a flight attendant who travelled between Longreach and Brisbane and has the Delta strain. 
Everyone who travelled between Brisbane and Longreach on Qantas flights QF 2534 and QF 2535 on Sunday, July 11 has been asked to get tested and quarantine at home.
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As of 1:00am, the entire state of New South Wales is locked out of Queensland with only returning residents and those with an exemption to be allowed in with 14 days of mandatory hotel quarantine.
There will be a border bubble for residents in northern NSW from the Clarence Valley west to the South Australian border.
The mask mandate will remain for another seven days in south-east Queensland but restrictions on weddings, funerals and visitors to aged care homes and hospitals have eased today.
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The NRL relocated to Queensland as the NSW COVID outbreak took hold, and has been granted exemptions to continue the competition north of the border based on assurances players and staff follow strict protocols agreed to by the government.
But recent breaches by players have tested Jeannette Young's patience:
"Yes, I'm very, very concerned about what is happening with these NRL players.
"You would have seen that imagery of the family hotel where they were sharing goods between verandahs.
"If I have any more breaches, I am very concerned.
"This is too risky. We just cannot have people deliberately breaching the rules."
Premier Steven Marshall said the new case had been in quarantine when they received their positive test result, which was "encouraging".
It's a person who went to the Tenafeate Creek winery on Sunday afternoon and takes the total number of cases in the cluster to 15. 
A record 23,572 people were tested yesterday.
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The coroner will investigate the death of a 44-year-old Tasmanian man, who died at the Royal Hobart Hospital last weekend, after receiving his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Health officials say he contracted an extremely rare blood clotting disorder related to the AstraZeneca vaccine which brings the national total of deaths related to the first dose of that vaccine to six.
State clinics are only offering the Pfizer vaccine unless a second dose of the AstraZeneca is needed. 
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