* A female worker at one of Sydney's quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19, ending the state's 26-day run without a locally acquired case.
* The woman's diagnosis late on Wednesday has prompted NSW Health authorities to ask scores of people who may have been in contact to "stop and stay", with urgent genomic testing underway.
* There are no plans to rescind a swathe of social restrictions that were due to ease across the state from Monday, but Premier Gladys Berejiklian stressed it was an "evolving" situation.
* WA Premier Mark McGowan refused to rule out delaying reopening the border, citing concern a cluster could form from the new NSW case.
* Queensland authorities said its state borders would remain open for now after travel restrictions were lifted on Tuesday.
* Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had great confidence NSW could contain any outbreak through its "gold standard" contact tracing system.
* Australia's medicines regulator will wait for more data before approving a coronavirus vaccine despite the UK's move to start delivering jabs from next week.
* Therapeutic Goods Administration head Professor John Skerritt said three companies had made submissions to Australia but none had submitted final safety and effectiveness data.
* Health Minister Greg Hunt on Thursday introduced a bill making it mandatory for providers to report the details of all vaccinations, including COVID-19, and put them on a national register.
* South Australia reported its fifth day of no new infections, leaving the total linked to an Adelaide outbreak at 33, with only nine of those still considered active.
* Tasmania reopened to all states and territories for the first time in nine months on Thursday after dropping border restrictions with SA.
* The first guests of Victoria's revamped hotel quarantine system will be made up of roughly 125 passengers arriving from Singapore, Hong Kong, Colombo and Doha.
* Victoria extended its run without a new case to 34 days, as it announced another positive wastewater sample had been detected in an area northwest of Melbourne.
* The Australian summer of golf should be in full swing, but instead fears have emerged that many struggling stars on JobKeeper are about to give up the game.
* Forty-eight NBA players tested positive for COVID-19 as they returned to their team's home markets for the start of the new basketball season.
AUSTRALIAN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS
* There were 16 new cases recorded in Australia on Thursday - nine in NSW, six in the NT and one in Queensland. All were among returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
* The national death toll is 908: Victoria 820, NSW 55, 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 64,508,000
* Deaths: at least 1,492,000
* Recovered: at least 41,495,000
Data current as of 1815 AEDT December 3, taking in federal and state/territory government updates, Worldometer and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.
Australian Associated Press