Hospitalisations and infections have been trending down across the country as summer approaches and vaccinations rates continue to rise.
But authorities are anticipating an increase in infections across Australia as Queensland and South Australia open interstate borders to regions living with COVID-19.
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NORTHERN TERRITORY
The Northern Territory cluster has grown to 52 COVID-19 cases after one new local case was recorded overnight.
The new case is a teenager from the remote community of Binjari who was previously identified as a close contact and who authorities do not believe was infectious.
It comes after a woman escaped hard lockdown in Binjari on Tuesday night and travelled to Katherine with a group of people.
The woman was found by police with 10 others and all have been sent to the Centre for National Resilience to quarantine. 
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The town’s courthouse, supermarket and centrelink office have been shut down with Woolworths reporting too many employees were in isolation to remain open.
Katherine will remain in lockdown or a lockout until at least December 4 after restrictions were extended by Mr Gunner on Tuesday.
But the Northern Territory government has warned that Katherine’s lockdown could extend beyond December 4.
The Territory’s single dose vaccination rate currently sits at 86.5 per cent while the double dose vaccination rate sits at 74.3 per cent
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SOUTH AUSTRALIA
South Australia has reported a third new COVID-19 case after opening its borders on Tuesday to vaccinated travellers from New South Wales, Victoria and Canberra.
Multiple new exposure sites have been listed after the infectious person visited shops at Brighton and the airport on Wednesday.
Anyone seated in rows 1-4 on Qantas flight QF733 which arrived at 10:15am on Wednesday must quarantine for 14 days, or seven days if fully vaccinated.
It comes after a young girl from Victoria became Adelaide’s first COVID-19 case since easing border restrictions after she travelled to South Australia to visit her grandparents.
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A second case was also revealed on Wednesday but was not considered high risk because the person had contracted COVID-19 one month earlier and had been fully vaccinated.
Close to 60,000 people have applied to enter the state and emotional scenes played out at Adelaide Airport as hundreds reunited with family on Tuesday.
South Australia has seen 87.9 per cent of the population come forward for their first dose and 78.5 per cent come forward for the two doses.
The state has reported only four deaths and less than 1,000 COVID-19 cases total since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
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NEW SOUTH WALES
New South Wales reported zero new deaths and 276 new infections overnight, bringing total active cases in the state to 2,667.
There are currently 191 people hospitalised with COVID-19 with 31 in intensive care and 10 requiring ventilation.
More than 74,000 tests were reported to 8pm on Tuesday night compared to Monday’s total of more than 80,000.
Across NSW 94.4 per cent of people aged 16 and over have rolled up their sleeve for one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 92.1 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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In the 12-15 age group 81.1 per cent have received one dose of the vaccine and 75.9 per cent have been fully vaccinated.
More than 12.8 million vaccines have been administered in NSW since the rollout first began at the beginning of 2021.
Of the 276 cases 47 are from South Western Sydney, 36 are from Hunter New England, 34 are from Western Sydney and 20 are from Sydney.
The rest of the state’s cases were scattered across the Nepean Blue Mountains, Murrumbidgee and other parts of NSW.
NSW Health’s sewage detection program has returned COVID-19 positive samples from Holbrook, Goulburn and Molong. Residents have been advised to monitor for symptoms.
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VICTORIA
Victoria has reported five deaths and 1,254 new COVID-19 cases bringing total active infections to more than 10,000.
There are currently 310 people hospitalised with 48 in intensive care and 31 requiring ventilation.
More than 90 per cent of Victoria’s over 12 population have now been vaccinated and more than 75,000 people came forward for testing on Wednesday.
From October 26 to November 22 hospitalisations in Victoria dropped from 817 to 316 marking a significant decrease in serious cases.
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QUEENSLAND
Meanwhile in Queensland zero local cases have been reported but three new interstate infections have been detected in hotel quarantine.
It comes after the state opened its borders to vaccinated interstate travellers at 5pm on Monday November 15 for home quarantine.
The state currently has five active cases total and there have only been seven lives lost since the start of the pandemic.
Queeensland records no new local COVID-19 cases, three in hotel quarantine
Fully vaccinated travellers can apply for a border pass which will allow them to fly into Queensland from a COVID-19 hotspot and undergo 14 days in home quarantine.
When the state hits the the 80 per cent double-dose vaccination target or on December 17, density limits will be cut for restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, bars and cinemas.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has also indicated the next reopening phase could come early as the state closes in on its vaccination targets.
According to government data, more than 85.3 per cent of Queensland’s eligible population are partially vaccinated and 74.5 per cent have received two doses.
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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Canberra reported eight new cases overnight bringing the total number of active cases in the territory to 177.
The ACT has the highest vaccination rate in the country with 97.5 per cent of its over 12 population now fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 restrictions in the ACT have been brought back to baseline restrictions which will remain for the rest of Summer and be reviewed in late January.
Limits on home visits and outdoor gatherings have been axed and density caps eased in hospitality, retail outlets and for nightclubs.
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TASMANIA, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
These states have reported zero local COVID-19 cases overnight and have continued to see vaccination rates ramp up over the past few weeks.
Tasmania has the higher vaccination rate of the two with 93 per cent of the population partially vaccinated and 85.7 per cent fully vaccinated.
On Sunday it was reported an 18-month-old baby boy, who had travelled with his mother to Tasmania from a different state, tested positive to COVID-19.
The state has otherwise found no other COVID-19 cases since and has reported only 13 deaths and 236 cases since the start of the pandemic.
Western Australia is ranked last and has seen 85 per cent of the population come forward for their first dose and 73.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.
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