Coronavirus (COVID-19) case numbers and statistics

This page provides updates about the current situation, latest case numbers and related information. It is updated every day by 9 pm AEST and reflects the previous 24 hours.

We are managing the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia as a health emergency.  This page provides a number of visual representations of information about COVID-19 in Australia.

COVID-19 summary statistics

 

 

The above tiles show the:

  • number of locally acquired, overseas acquired and under investigation cases in the last 24 hours
  • current number of active cases, hospitalised cases and tests conducted in the last 24 hours. Note: the number of active cases is an estimate as states and territories differ in how they collect this data
  • total number of cases, deaths and tests.

Note: States and territories provide these figures daily. Due to the dynamic nature of case data, state and territory health departments may revise their daily numbers, where historic cases may be added or previously reported cases excluded after further investigation.

NSW locally acquired figures include those reported as locally acquired - investigation ongoing. ACT and Victoria cases reported as under investigation likely represent cases that are locally acquired, however their links to other cases are still under investigation.

Daily data on the status of Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout is now available. This includes a detailed infographic and breakdown of vaccine doses administered across Australia. See the latest data on Australia's vaccine rollout.

Professor Michael Kidd
12:57
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Hello and welcome to today's Top 3. My name is Professor Michael Kidd, Deputy Chief Medical Officer with the Australian Government Department of Health and joining me is Linda who is providing our auslan interpretation. My shout out today is to everybody who has either had a booster shot for a COVID-19 vaccine or is planning to have a booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine when it is your turn. What we know is that these booster shots help to give your immune system an extra boost and they increase the protection for yourself, for your family members and for other members of the community. The booster shots are recommended six months after you have had the second shot of your initial two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. When it comes to 6 months after that second shot, please make an appointment and go and get your booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. That way you will be strengthening the protection to you, to your family and to everyone else in Australia. Thank you for your questions.

Your first question today is, as more people are returning to the workplace, to school, and to other settings, what can we do to prepare ourselves if we are feeling anxious? Firstly, it's perfectly normal to feel anxious at this time. We have all experienced anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. When you go through changes such as returning back to your workplace, this can lead to symptoms of anxiety. What you can do of course, to address feeling anxious is to have a degree of control about what is happening. You can do this through paying attention to your COVIDSafe behaviours. We have all got used to protecting our health and well-being during the pandemic and continue doing this as you come back into the workplace. Make sure you are adhering to your hand hygiene, and if you are required to wear masks either while you are commuting or in the workplace please do so. Maintain that physical distancing with other people, particularly strangers who you may not know in the street outside of your workplace. Your employer will also be doing all they can to make the workplace COVIDSafe. This may include increased cleaning of the workplace. It may include making sure that there is appropriate physical distancing between employees and any visitors. It may include the requirements for the use of masks in the workplace. It may be that there is more physical distancing between individual people's workstations, and there may be limitations on the number of people who can be in a room at any one time. There may be increased focus on improving air quality and ventilation in the workplace as well. Some employees will be staging the return to work so that you don't have everybody coming in at the same time. There also may be staging of work hours of different people so you don't get crowding in places where you enter into the workplace, for example, around elevators and other areas where people may be coming closer together. Certainly, for people who have been in the position of working from home for many months, you may be feeling some concern about losing some of the benefits from working at home. Certainly, many people in Australia have enjoyed not commuting to and from work, having a little bit more spare time during the day when they would otherwise have been sitting on public transport or in traffic jams. But you can balance that by looking at the benefits of coming back in contact with your colleagues and with your friends. That opportunity to catch up with people who you haven't seen face-to-face for some time. The opportunity to grab a coffee with a friend. The opportunity to frequent a favourite cafe or a place to have lunch. The opportunity to have meetings or gatherings with other people where you are in a space together rather than coming together via video conferencing, through zoom and other systems. So, enjoy those changes which have come back in and if you are feeling anxious, though, and that anxiety is not going away, please reach out, talk to your GP or your other trusted health care provider about why you are feeling anxious. Of course, there are also resources available through Beyond Blue and other mental health resources where there are people you can talk to about how you are feeling.

The second question is whether self-tests for COVID-19 can be used when travelling. From the beginning of this month, November, we have been able to purchase self-tests for COVID-19 which you can do at home. These are available through pharmacies and supermarkets and some people have been purchasing self-tests. Self-tests are not allowed when you are travelling internationally. If you are travelling on an international flight, if you are lucky enough to be travelling overseas, you need to follow the requirements of the Australian Government and of the individual airline that you are travelling with. For travelling on flights into and out of Australia, people require a negative PCR test. That is a test carried out with a report from a laboratory. You need to have that test result within 72 hours of boarding your flight. If you don't have that test, you don't result, it is likely you won't be able to board your flight. For people who are travelling domestically around Australia, you need to follow the requirements of the states and territories that you will be travelling to. There may be some confusion because at the moment there are different requirements for different states and territories depending on how recently they have opened up, depending whether there are cases of COVID-19 in the community in that state or territory. So, please go to the website for the state or territory that you are travelling to and read through the requirements for people who are travelling and make sure that you are well prepared. If you do require a test, whether it is a PCR test or a rapid antigen test, make sure you have done your test before you are either boarding a flight or are travelling across the border into another state or territory. It may be, as I say, a little bit of confusion over the coming weeks or months. Of course, we do expect there will be significant numbers of people travelling around Australia during December in the lead up to the holiday period. Make sure you are well prepared and make sure you are up to date with what the requirements are.

Your third question is whether the COVID-19 vaccines can interfere with other medical treatments that you may be receiving. It's a very important question. Most medicines and other treatments, there is no problem having the COVID-19 vaccine. But if you are in any doubt, please reach out to your GP or other trusted health care professional and get their advice about what you should be doing. There are three situations that I want to highlight for you, though, where there may be a problem with a COVID-19 vaccine. The first is for people who are taking blood thinning medication, what we call anticoagulants. Especially for people who have just started on blood thinner treatment or for people who may currently be unstable with their blood thinning treatment. If this applies to you, please talk to your GP or your other trusted health care professional about the timing of your COVID-19 vaccine. Just to make sure it's going to be safe and you’re not going to bleed excessively from having the injection. For most people who are stable on blood thinning medication, there shouldn't be any problem at all, but please if you have any questions please reach out to your GP. The second group of people is people who are taking immunosuppressant medication. This includes people who may be undertaking a course of chemotherapy. It's really important when you have the COVID-19 vaccine that we have the opportunity for your immune system to be able to generate the antibodies, the protection, in case you come in contact with the  COVID-19 virus. So please, again, if you are taking immunosuppressant treatment or if you are on chemotherapy, talk to your treating doctor about the timing of your COVID-19 vaccines. It is still very important that people who are taking immunosuppressants get protection from the COVID-19 vaccines, but it is important to talk to your doctor about the timing of the vaccination. The third group of people is people who have been infected with COVID-19 and have received treatment with a monoclonal antibody. We have a medication available in Australia at the moment. It is called sotrovimab, and this is given as an intravenous infusion to some people who are infected with COVID-19, to try and prevent them from becoming seriously unwell and requiring hospitalisation. If you have received a treatment like this, you need to wait 90 days after the treatment before you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The reason for this is that the antibodies in the treatment can actually interfere with the vaccine and prevent you from developing a strong immune response to give you long lasting protection if you are infected with COVID-19 again. So again, if you have had one of these monoclonal antibody treatments, please talk to your GP or your doctor and they will give you advice about when it is appropriate to have your COVID-19 vaccine. Apart from those three examples, most people should be fine getting their COVID-19 vaccine. Very little problems with any other medications. As I say, if you have any doubt about this or any other questions about your vaccination, please talk to your trusted GP and get their advice as well.

That is our Top 3 for today. Thank you for listening and thank you for your questions. They are very helpful. They help us to prepare all the communication material that comes out from the Department of Health, so thank you for playing your part in helping us to get the information you need out to you in a timely manner. Have a great day, thank you, everybody, and thank you Linda.

We are no longer displaying the ‘at a glance’ infographic on this page. Instead, you can view the daily infographics on the collection page.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance infographic collection

A collection of daily infographics providing a quick view of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Australia each day since 5 April 2020.

Recently reported cases by state and territory and source of infection

Local, overseas acquired and under investigation cases by states and territories

This table shows the number of cases by source of infection in the last 24 hours and last 7 days as well as the number of active cases that have occurred in Australia.

Expand description of Local, overseas acquired and under investigation cases by states and territories

State and territory totals reflect where a person has been tested and public health management occurred, which may differ from their normal place of residence.

The majority of total confirmed cases and deaths are from Victoria.

The number of confirmed cases and deaths reported in each state and territory since the first case was reported in late January 2020. State and territory totals reflect where a person has been tested and public health management occurred, which may differ from their normal place of residence.

As per the COVID-19 national guidelines, a COVID-19 confirmed case is a person who:

  • tests positive to a validated specific SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test or
  • has the virus isolated in cell culture, with PCR confirmation using a validated method or
  • undergoes a seroconversion to or has a significant rise in SARS-CoV-2 neutralising or IgG antibody level (e.g. four-fold or greater rise in titre).

Probable and historical cases are currently included in the total number of cases reported by some jurisdictions, these are defined as per the COVID-19 national guidelines.

Probable and historical cases are currently included in the total number of cases reported by some jurisdictions, these are defined as per the COVID-19 national guidelines.

The method used to estimate the number of active cases varies by jurisdiction.

Find out more about the current situation in your state or territory:

Daily reported cases

Daily and cumulative number of reported COVID-19 cases in Australia

This graph shows the total number of new COVID-19 cases in Australia reported each day by states and territories and the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported over time. These figures are collated and updated by 9 pm AEST each day and reflect the previous 24 hours.

Expand description of Daily and cumulative number of reported COVID-19 cases in Australia

This bar chart shows the newly confirmed COVID-19 cases by notification received date.

The line graph shows the cumulative number of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases by notification received date.

The horizontal axis shows the date of notification to state and territory health departments.

The vertical axis on the left shows the number of new COVID-19 cases, represented by the bars.

The vertical axis on the right shows the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases, represented by the line.

As per the COVID-19 national guidelines, a COVID-19 confirmed case is a person who:

  • tests positive to a validated specific SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test or
  • has the virus isolated in cell culture, with PCR confirmation using a validated method or
  • undergoes a seroconversion to or has a significant rise in SARS-CoV-2 neutralising or IgG antibody level (e.g. four-fold or greater rise in titre).

The first cases of COVID-19 in Australia were identified in late January 2020. Following a peak of cases at the end of March, low numbers of cases were reported each day until early-June 2020. From mid-June 2020, cases increased and peaked in early August 2020 and then declined. Since late-September 2020, a low number of new cases continue to be reported each day. 

Total COVID-19 cases in Australia by source of infection

Total COVID-19 cases in Australia by source of infection

This table shows the number of COVID-19 cases by source of infection for each state and territory, since the first case was reported. The table also shows the total number of cases and deaths by state and territory.

Expand description of Total COVID-19 cases in Australia by source of infection

This table shows the number of COVID-19 cases by source of infection for each state and territory, since the first case was reported. The table also shows the total number of cases and deaths by state and territory.

The source of infection for confirmed cases of COVID-19 can be described as:

  • overseas acquired – the person was infected while overseas (including at sea)
  • locally acquired – known contact – the person was infected in Australia through contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19
  • locally acquired – unknown contact – the person was infected in Australia, but the source of infection is not known
  • locally acquired –interstate travel – the person was infected in Australia, but not in the reporting jurisdiction
  • under investigation – the source of infection has not yet been determined, but is currently being investigated through public health actions.

The majority of confirmed cases since late October have been overseas acquired.

The number of cases currently under investigation should ideally be as low as possible.

Knowing the source of infection assists in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

A COVID-19 death is defined for surveillance purposes as a death in a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case, unless there is a clear alternative cause of death that cannot be related to COVID19 (e.g. trauma). There should be no period of complete recovery from COVID-19 between illness and death. Where a Coroner’s report is available, these findings are to be observed.

Cases and deaths by age and sex

COVID-19 cases by age group and sex

This graph shows the number of COVID-19 cases for males and females by age group since the first case was reported.

Expand description of COVID-19 cases by age group and sex

This bar chart shows the number of COVID-19 cases for males and females by age group since the first confirmed cases were reported in late January 2020.

The horizontal axis shows the age breakdown in 10-year intervals from zero years old to greater than 90 years old.

The vertical axis shows the number of COVID-19 cases.

As per the COVID-19 national guidelines, a COVID-19 confirmed case is a person who:

  • tests positive to a validated specific SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test or
  • has the virus isolated in cell culture, with PCR confirmation using a validated method or
  • undergoes a seroconversion to or has a significant rise in SARS-CoV-2 neutralising or IgG antibody level (e.g. four-fold or greater rise in titre).

The proportion of COVID-19 cases in males and females is roughly equal, however the ratio does differ across the age groups presented.

Cases have been reported across all age groups. The majority of all cases are reported in those aged 20 to 59 years. The number of cases is highest in the 20–29 years age group.

Cases by age group and sex

This table shows the same information as the matching graph: the number of COVID-19 cases for males and females by age group since the first case was reported.

Expand description of Cases by age group and sex

The data is shown in 3 columns:

  • age group ranges
  • male
  • female.

COVID-19 deaths by age group and sex

This graph shows the number of COVID-19 associated deaths in Australia for males and females by age group since the first case was reported.

Expand description of COVID-19 deaths by age group and sex

This bar chart shows the total number of COVID-19 associated deaths in Australia by age group and sex since the first confirmed cases were reported in late January 2020.

As per the COVID-19 national guidelines, a COVID-19 death is defined for surveillance purposes as a death in a probable or confirmed COVID-19 case, unless there is a clear alternative cause of death that cannot be related to COVID19 (e.g. trauma). There should be no period of complete recovery from COVID-19 between illness and death. Where a Coroner’s report is available, these findings are to be observed.

Deaths have been reported in those aged in their 20s to their 100s. The majority of deaths have been reported in people aged 70 years and over.

The horizontal axis shows the age breakdown in 10-year intervals from zero years old to greater than 90 years old.

The vertical axis shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths.

Deaths by age group and sex

This table shows the same information as the matching graph: the number of COVID-19 associated deaths in Australia for males and females by age group since the first case was reported.

Expand description of Deaths by age group and sex

The data is shown in 3 columns:

  • age group ranges
  • male
  • female.

Tests conducted and results

COVID-19 tests conducted in total in the last 7 days and results

This table shows the number of COVID-19 tests conducted in total and in the last 7 days, the rate of tests in the last 7 days per 100,000 population and the percentage that returned a positive result by state and territory and in Australia, since the first case was reported.

Expand description of COVID-19 tests conducted in total in the last 7 days and results

This table shows the number of tests conducted in Australia and in each state and territory, since the first case was reported in late January 2020 in total and in the last 7 days. This number is not reflective of the number of people that have been tested, but the total number of tests conducted, as individuals may have been tested multiple times. The data are based on information reported by states and territories.

Tests in the last 7 days per 100,000 population represent the number of tests conducted by each state and territory in the last 7 days as a rate of the number of people in the jurisdiction.

The testing positivity rate is also displayed. This positivity rate represents the proportion of all tests that have returned a positive result for COVID-19.

To date, over 13 million tests have been conducted nationally. Of those tests conducted, less than 1% have been positive.

Cases admitted to hospital

Current COVID-19 cases in hospitals and Intensive Care Units (ICUs)

This graph shows the number of COVID-19 cases currently admitted to hospital, including cases in ICUs, in Australia and each state and territory.

Expand description of Current COVID-19 cases in hospitals and Intensive Care Units (ICUs)

This chart shows the number of COVID-19 cases currently in hospital, including cases in ICU, in Australia and each state and territory.

Each bar represents those in ICU and those not in ICU by state and territory.

The horizontal axis shows the number of COVID-19 cases currently hospitalised.

The vertical axis shows the Australian total and each state and territory: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA.

Cases admitted to hospital

This table shows the same information as the matching graph: the number of COVID-19 cases currently admitted to hospital, including cases in ICUs, in Australia and each state and territory.

Expand description of Cases admitted to hospital

The data is shown in 3 columns:

  • jurisdiction – with Australia in total first, then each state and territory: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA.
  • the number of cases not in ICU
  • the number of cases in ICU.

Cases in National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) services

This table shows the number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases, deaths and recovered cases, in Australia and each state and territory, for NDIS participants and workers since March 2020*.

Source: NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission 26/11/2021.

State

Participant Active

Worker Active

Participant Recovered

Worker Recovered

Participant Deaths

Worker Deaths

ACT

-

5

15

23

-

-

NSW

22

33

260

336

13

-

NT

-

-

-

-

-

-

QLD

-

-

-

-

-

-

SA

-

-

-

5

-

-

TAS

-

-

-

-

-

-

VIC

164

128

458

450

15

-

WA

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total

188

166

734

821

28

-

  • Note: Table does not show counts less than 5
  • *Only registered NDIS providers are required to notify the NDIS Commission for services regulated by the NDIS Commission. Therefore, these figures do not represent all NDIS participants or all people with disability (who may not be NDIS participants).

Cases in aged care services

COVID-19 cases in aged care services – residential care

This graph shows the number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases, deaths and recovered cases, in Australia and each state and territory, for people living in Australian Government–subsidised residential aged care facilities.

Expand description of COVID-19 cases in aged care services – residential care

This graph shows the number of confirmed cases, deaths and cases recovered since late January 2020 in those who receive Australian Government–subsidised residential care in each state and territory.

Residential care means people who live in an Australian Government–subsidised aged care facility.

Each bar represents the number of active cases, recovered cases and deaths.

The bottom axis shows the number of COVID-19 cases.

The vertical axis shows the Australian total and each state and territory: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA.

The majority of cases and deaths reported in residential care in Australia have occurred in Victoria.

Cases in aged care services – residential care

This table shows the same information as the matching graph: the number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases, deaths and recovered cases, in Australia and each state and territory, for people living in Australian Government–subsidised residential aged care facilities.

Expand description of Cases in aged care services – residential care

The data is shown in 4 columns:

  • jurisdiction – with Australia in total first, then each state and territory: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA.
  • active cases
  • recovered cases
  • deaths.

COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian residential aged care facilities

Read the weekly report that provides a snapshot of data on the impact of COVID-19 in residential aged care facilities nationally.

The report includes data on the number of services impacted and number of staff and resident cases, as well as workforce, vaccine rollout, testing and PPE provided to affected services to support them.

COVID-19 cases in aged care services – in-home care

This graph shows the number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases, deaths and recovered cases, in Australia and each state and territory, for people receiving Australian Government–subsidised care in their own home.

Expand description of COVID-19 cases in aged care services – in-home care

The number of confirmed cases, deaths and cases recovered since late January 2020 in those who receive Australian Government–subsidised in-home care in Australia and in each state and territory.

In-home care means people who receive Australian Government subsidised care in their own home.

Each bar represents the number of active cases, recovered cases and deaths.

The bottom axis shows the number of COVID-19 cases.

The vertical axis shows the Australian total and each state and territory: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA.

The majority of cases reported in In-home care in Australia are in Victoria.

Cases in aged care services – in-home care

This table shows the same information as the matching graph: the number of confirmed active COVID-19 cases, deaths and recovered cases, in Australia and each state and territory, for people receiving Australian Government–subsidised care in their own home.

Expand description of Cases in aged care services – in-home care

The data is shown in 4 columns:

  • jurisdiction – with Australia in total first, then each state and territory: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA.
  • active cases
  • recovered cases
  • deaths.

How Australia compares with the world

Learn more about the international situation from the World Health Organization (WHO). Read their weekly situation reports and check the WHO COVID-19 dashboard.

OECD Countries – COVID-19 Mortality in 2021

COVID-19 mortality data was extracted from Our World in Data on 15/09/2021, with data extracted for the period 01/01/2021 to 14/09/2021. Data is derived from open source reporting and is subject to revision. COVID-19 reporting is dependent on individual countries’ health reporting systems and may not be directly comparable. 

OECD country

Cumulative deaths 
(01/01/2021-15/09/2021)

Cumulative deaths per 100,000 population
(01/01/2021-15/09/2021)

Hungary

20,431

213.42

Slovakia

10,310

190.85

Czechia

18,703

175.62

Colombia

82,192

160.88

Poland

46,469

124.01

Mexico

141,462

109.14

Lithuania

2,874

108.37

Portugal

10,894

107.79

Chile

20,593

107.46

Latvia

1,969

105.95

United States

307,970

93.15

Italy

55,334

92.43

Greece

9,342

90.49

United Kingdom

60,350

89.38

Slovenia

1,742

85.29

Estonia

1,079

81.80

France

51,354

76.20

Spain

34,556

73.92

Germany

58,549

70.21

Costa Rica

3,569

69.45

Sweden

5,976

58.82

Ireland

2,907

58.56

Luxembourg

339

53.40

Belgium

5,892

51.11

Austria

4,579

51.07

Israel

4,050

46.43

Turkey

39,024

46.14

Netherlands

6,833

40.37

Switzerland

3,019

35.50

Canada

11,483

30.28

Denmark

1,294

22.67

Japan

13,324

10.77

Finland

486

8.76

Norway

391

7.15

South Korea

1,425

2.83

Iceland

4

1.16

Australia

193

0.75

New Zealand

2

0.04

Last updated: 
26 November 2021

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