Good morning and welcome to Guardian Australia’s coverage of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
All eyes will be on Sydney today, where up to 1,000 police officers will be on duty to meet anyone attending an anti-lockdown protest.
NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller warned on Friday that police “expect there’s going to be a protest” after monitoring online activity.
“It appears it will not be in the same numbers [as last week],” he said. “But … [it] can still be violent.
“Please don’t come into Sydney … If you do, you will be met by up to 1,000 police who will be ready to deal with you, whether that be via the health orders or other laws.”
Yesterday, the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, revealed vaccinated Australians would be able to head overseas again to visit family and friends when 80% of the adult population is fully vaccinated under a national pandemic exit plan.
But there’s no target date for when that might happen and Westerm Australian premier Mark McGowan has already suggested the state might not follow the revamped roadmap agreed to by state and territory leaders on Friday.
Australia is currently in phase A. Lockdowns will be “less likely” under phase B which will be triggered when 70% of the adult population has been vaccinated against Covid. That could happen by the end of 2021, Morrison said, “but that is entirely up to how the nation responds to this challenge we’re setting for ourselves”.
For more details on the plan, read Naaman Zhou and Daniel Hurst’s explainer here.
On Friday, NSW recorded 170 locally acquired cases and Victoria three.