The number of daily COVID-19 infections in NSW has dipped below a thousand for the first time in almost four weeks but the premier says the "insidious" virus could still bounce back.
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.
An investigation has been launched after a woman's body was found on the NSW Mid North Coast.