Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

Find out how we are monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, how you can help stop the spread of the virus in Australia and what to do if you have symptoms. We also report the latest case numbers, official medical advice and information on treatment.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) help stop the spread

Current status

The situation changes often. Stay up to date with the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread.

Daily case and situation updates

See daily reports on COVID-19 case numbers and the current situation in Australia and overseas.

News and media

Keep up to date with our COVID-19 news and media or see our COVID-19 resources.

For more COVID-19 news and media across all of government go to australia.gov.au

Stay informed and protected

Download the official government apps to stay up to date and protected.

COVIDSafe app

The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family. Please read the content on this page before downloading.

Coronavirus Australia app

Stay up to date with official information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. You can check your symptoms and get notified when urgent information and updates are published.

Australian Government WhatsApp channel for COVID-19

Join our COVID-19 WhatsApp channel to learn the latest on Australia's response to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're already a WhatsApp user you can send a message to the channel to connect. If you don't have WhatsApp, download the app to join the channel.

Symptoms

If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.

Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • 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.

healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker

Answer questions about your symptoms to see if you need to seek medical help or get tested. This tool is available online at any time.

Protect others and stop the spread

We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.

To protect others you must:

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.

National Coronavirus Helpline

Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19) or help with the COVIDSafe app. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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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.

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How to seek medical help for COVID-19

If you have used the symptom checker and it advises you should seek help or get tested, see how to seek medical help for COVID-19

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:

If there is not yet one in your area, visit healthdirect or your state or territory health department website for more information on fever clinics and other available services.

Treatment

There is currently no treatment for COVID-19. Scientists and around the world are working hard to find a treatment.   

There are reports that some drugs can be used to treat COVID-19. At this stage no drugs have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to treat COVID-19 in Australia.

Learn more about medical care and treatment for COVID-19.

Advice for people most at risk

See more information and advice for people most at risk, including:

General public advice

Support to stay healthy

Our ongoing support during coronavirus (COVID-19) section has advice on how you can stay healthy during COVID-19 restrictions. It’s important that you still:

Health and aged care sector advice

Government response

Australia.gov.au

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.

Resources

Check our collections of resources and translated resources for more information about COVID-19.

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