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.

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.

Top 3 – Dr Steph Davis
8:05
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Morning, everyone. My name is Dr Steph Davis and I am a Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Australian Government Department of Health. Before I go any further, I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which I am meeting today, and here in Canberra, that is the Ngunnawal people. I would like to pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging and I would like to extend those respects to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which others are watching this from and also to any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are watching this video today. My shout-out today is to all the residential aged care facility workers and all the other aged care workers around Australia. You are the people who are looking after our Elders, who in turn looked after us, and you are doing such an amazing job. Speaking from experience here, as my grandmother who is in her 90s, is in an excellent residential aged care facility, and I know she gets so much love and care from the people who care for her. I want to thank you all for getting the vaccine and for all the ongoing work you are doing in protecting the elderly. Thank you so much.

The first question that I am going to answer today is, what questions should I ask my GP if I am over 60 but a bit nervous about getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

I feel very well placed to answer this question as I am a GP and have lots of patients over the age of 60. I think the thing is that really you should feel free to ask any questions that you want of your GP. Certainly, some questions I am getting from people who are over 60 are, is the vaccine safe? Is it right for me? A lot of people have concerns about how it might interact with any underlying medical conditions they’ve got or any other medications that they are taking. I can reassure you that for most of those, the vaccine is completely safe. I can also reassure you that for the vast majority of people, getting the vaccine is much, much, much safer than potentially getting COVID. But again, you should ask the questions that you feel that you need to ask so that you can make your own decision. You should never feel embarrassed about asking any kind of questions of your GP at all. So make sure that if you do have a bit of nervousness, that you make that appointment and you go and have a chat about any of the particular conditions or any particular worries you’ve got so that then you can make a decision and feel comfortable and confident in that decision.

My second question today is, what steps should I take if I am exposed to COVID-19?

Again, I feel very well qualified to answer this question because I recently came out of quarantine having been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you have been notified by a public health department that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you are probably going to need to quarantine. Most of the time that quarantine is 14 days from the time when you had the last exposure to that person. If you quarantine, you generally cannot leave your house unless it is an emergency, so you need to seek medical care, or you are escaping from domestic violence. Generally, you cannot have people over to your house unless they are people who come to provide a caring role usually and sometimes your family has to quarantine with you. You probably also need to have some tests done during that time. The Public Health Unit who notifies you that you are a contact, will be able to give you all of this information and they will also be able to provide you with support to help you quarantine so if you need food or other essentials, if you need medical care. If you have any concerns or questions, if you think you have been exposed and you haven't been contacted by the Public Health Unit, then make sure you contact the COVID-19 helpline in your state or territory.

 

The third question I have been asked to answer today, and this is a bit of a technical one, is what are the differences between the Moderna and the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines?

As I said, it is a bit of a technical one so you might have to bear with me for a bit of this explanation. I am going to start by talking about the similarities between the vaccines, because they are really very similar. Both of these vaccines are mRNA vaccines. What does that mean? mRNA, or messenger RNA, is a bit of genetic code. So in the vaccine, it is wrapped in an oily coat, gets injected in your arm and then gets taken up by the cells, and that genetic code tells the cell machinery to do something and specifically what it tells the cell machinery to do is to produce a spike protein. The spike protein is that little spiky thing that you can see in a picture of the COVID-19 virus that you see on the outside. That spike is how the COVID-19 virus latches onto your cells and gets inside them. Both the Pfizer and the Moderna vaccines, the mRNA vaccines as I said, they tell your cells to make that spike protein and that means that if you are exposed to the COVID-19 virus in the future, that your cells are going to be able to recognise that and fight it off. Just a quick note on the safety of this because it sounds a little bit freaky that you are getting your cells to, injecting them with a bit of mRNA and getting them to do something. It is important to remember that they are replicating what the code of the virus does itself. So the COVID virus, if it gets inside your body if you are infected, that actually contains a bit of genetic code that tells your cells to make lots and lots more copies of the COVID virus, including the spike protein, and that virus has really bad effects on you: on your lungs, on your blood cells, on all other kinds of parts of your body. Whereas the mRNA in the vaccine is telling your cells to make that very specific part, that spike protein. It is also important to remember that after the genetic material has done its job and told your cells what to do, that it gets broken down completely, it does not hang around after that. In terms of differences between the two, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, the oily coat they use is a bit different, the actual sequence they use use of mRNA is bit different, very complex but a little bit different, and the Moderna vaccine has a bit more mRNA in it so a little bit of a bigger dose. The administration schedule is also a bit different. The Pfizer vaccine, the second dose comes three weeks at least after the first, whereas in the Moderna vaccine, it should be at least four weeks after the first. But again, coming back to similarities, both vaccines are very effective and they are both very safe.

So, hopefully that has answered some of your questions for today. Thank you, as always, so much for joining in, and particularly, I want to thank my interpreter, Linda, today. Stay safe, everyone.

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*.

State

Participant Active

Worker Active

Participant Recovered

Worker Recovered

Participant Deaths

Worker Deaths

ACT

6

12

5

10

-

-

NSW

153

229

41

62

9

-

NT

-

-

-

-

-

-

QLD

-

-

-

-

-

-

SA

-

-

-

5

-

-

TAS

-

-

-

-

-

-

VIC

24

20

167

198

7

-

WA

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total

183

261

214

282

16

-

  • 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

30,7970

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: 
28 September 2021

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