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Prime Minister, state leaders to chart course to an open nation as army is deployed in Sydney

National Cabinet will meet today to chart a course to fully reopening the nation based on new coronavirus vaccination rate modelling.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will chair the meeting of state premiers and territory chief ministers who will be presented with Doherty Institute modelling which calculates immunisation coverage needed to avoid lockdowns and restart international travel.

If you're wondering what vaccination rate is needed read all the details here.

Two million of Sydney's residents in the harshest of lockdown restrictions will be met by not just the NSW police but the military.

On Thursday afternoon the NSW police chief formally requested the assistance of 300 defence force personnel for a compliance operation.

On Thursday evening Defence Minister Peter Dutton said in a statement the requested personnel would deploy from Friday to train over the weekend and on Monday commence working under the direction of NSW Police.

In Victoria health authorities have managed to link a mystery case of COVID-19 to current outbreaks in the state.

But they are still trying to discover how the man, who was working as a traffic controller at the Moonee Valley drive-through testing site, managed to catch the virus.

In Olympics news, swimmer Emma McKeon is on the verge of becoming another Australia double gold medallist.

McKeon enters Friday's 100m freestyle final as hot favourite to win her fourth medal of the Games.

As well as swimming, Aussies will also be in action in the golf, athletics, shooting, rowing, hockey, rugby, trampoline gymnastics, canoe slalom, beach volleyball, diving, equestrian, sailing, tennis, football, water polo and basketball today.

In entertainment news, Jodie Whittaker will be leaving sci-fi series Doctor Who next year, the BBC says. The British actress was the first woman to take on the lead role and has portrayed The Doctor since 2017.

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