Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Find out how we are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms. We also report the latest official medical advice and case numbers.
The situation is changing rapidly.
This infographic provides a quick view of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Australia. We update it every afternoon based on the data we receive by 3.00pm from states and territories.
Daily case and situation updates
See daily reports on COVID-19 case numbers and the current situation in Australia and overseas.
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
If you are sick and think you might have COVID-19, check your symptoms using healthdirect's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker.
Protect others and stop the spread
We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.
To protect others you must:
- practise good hygiene
- practise social distancing
- follow the limits for public gatherings
- understand how to self-isolate if you need to
If you have a confirmed case, you must isolate yourself to stop the virus spreading to other people.
If you're concerned
You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline for information and advice about COVID-19.
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National)
TIS National is for people who do not speak English and for agencies and businesses that need to communicate with their non-English speaking clients.
How to seek medical help
If you have used the symptom checker and it advises you should seek help or get tested, see how to seek medical help.
If you are having a medical emergency call 000.
GP respiratory clinics
The Australian Government is establishing GP respiratory clinics around the country to assess people with fever, cough, a sore throat, or shortness of breath.
These are being rolled out gradually. If there is not one in your area yet visit your state or territory health department website for more information on fever clinics and other services.
Find out if there is a clinic near you and how to register for an appointment:
Looking after your mental health
Prioritising your mental health is important in difficult times.
If you are feeling worried or anxious about COVID-19 there are steps you can take. Find out more at Head to Health's COVID‑19 support page.
Advice for people most at risk
See more information and advice for people most at risk, including:
Health and aged care sector advice
Health and aged care sector
Our advice for the health and aged care sector includes Public Health Unit guidelines, epidemiology reports and other resources.
Visit Australia.gov.au to learn more about COVID-19 support from all of government including financial support and advice for businesses and employees, help for education providers, advice on domestic and international travel and other community services.
How we are managing the outbreak
The Prime Minister has activated the Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
To find out how the Australian Government is managing COVID-19, go to Government response to the outbreak.