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.

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Good morning. My name is Dr Lucas De Toca and today we are going to be entering some of your frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and the vaccines. As usual, I'm joined today by Linda who is doing Auslan interpreting. Thank you, Linda. We are on the land of the Ngnunnawal people, so Dhawra nhuna, dhawra Ngunawal. Yanggu gulanyin ngalawiri, dhunayi, Ngunawal dhawra. Wanggarralijinyin mariny balan bugarabang. I also acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands where people may be watching from. Today we are going to talk about what I need to do if I need to quarantine, about the precautions that we need to take even if we are fully vaccinated around unvaccinated people and also, not really a Top Three question but actually quite topical, some information about the recently announced study of the use of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine in children 5 to 11 years of age, which I’m sure, or hope, you will find interesting. Before, I want to start with a shout out to the millions of people in Australia who have come forward to get a vaccine. Today we cross the threshold of 25 million doses of vaccines being administered, which is a really important milestone in terms of our national population. I specifically want to acknowledge the many people without a Medicare card who are coming forward to get vaccinated and taking this as an opportunity to remind everyone that the vaccines in Australia are free and they are free for everyone. If you don't have a Medicare card, you still can get the vaccine and you still can get it for free. You can go to a community pharmacy and pharmacies now are starting to offer the Moderna vaccine in addition to the AstraZeneca vaccine, you can go to a Commonwealth vaccination clinic, have AstraZeneca and Pfizer, and you can go to a state or territory vaccination clinic. In all those locations you can get the vaccine, you can get it without a Medicare card, you can get it for free and you can also get your details uploaded up to the Australian Immunisation Register so that you can get a COVID vaccine certificate and an immunisation history statement. Please don't think that not having access to Medicare is a barrier for getting a vaccine. You have access and it is free.

 

Today's first question is about, what do I need to do if I'm asked to quarantine?

Quarantine is what happens when someone who does not have symptoms, who does not have confirmation of having a disease, needs to isolate because of being potentially exposed with someone with the disease. That is happening quite frequently in many Australian cities now where we have active community transmission and active cases, and people are asked to go home and quarantine. If you are directed to quarantine because you have gone to an exposure site or because you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive to COVID-19, public health authorities will advise you that you need to quarantine. That means you need to go home as soon as possible, you need to go straight home. You cannot stop to get shopping or do errands along the way. You must return home and try to arrange, if you can, with family and friends to organise for those errands to take place. If possible, you are encouraged to use private transport. Of course, if you can't and you need to use public transport, follow COVIDSafe behaviours to reduce risk to others. And then when you are home, you need to try minimise contact with others as much as possible. Unless directed to do so by public health authorities, people that you live with don't necessarily need to quarantine but you need to try to minimise contact with others. Stay in different rooms where possible, if you are in common spaces, wear a mask, practise the usual hand hygiene, wash your hands frequently, wash your surfaces of common spaces very frequently to minimise the risk of transmission to others, try not to share household items, and if possible, stay away. Avoid sharing towels, linen, those kinds of items, and as I said, try to increase the frequency of cleaning around the house. It is about just minimising the chances of people around you becoming infected, noting that particularly with Delta, transmission within households is very, very high.

The second question that we have today is about, what do people who are fully vaccinated, like myself, have to do in terms of being around unvaccinated people?

As we’ve discussed previously, the vaccines are exceedingly effective at protecting yourself from severe disease, hospitalisation and death, over 90% effective. For all three vaccines available in Australia, after a full course, so two doses of the same vaccine, are protecting you from getting very sick, going to hospital or dying from COVID-19, and we are seeing it with the statistics across the country of the people who are getting COVID and who are getting hospitalised and going to ICU are overwhelmingly unvaccinated and in some cases, partially vaccinated. The vaccines are not completely protective from you getting COVID-19 or passing it on to others altogether. They very drastically reduce those risks, they reduce the risk of getting COVID at all, and then they reduce the risk of you transmitting it to others, but it doesn't mean that it is completely protected for that. They are almost 100% effective at protecting yourself and they have an impact on protecting others, but there is still a risk, even if it's smaller, that you can get the virus and pass it on to others even if vaccinated and that is why it's important we continue to practise COVIDSafe behaviours around people, so that we do our part, even if fully vaccinated, to protect the spread. Maintain physical distancing, washing your hands frequently with water and soap and hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol, if water and soap are not available, wearing a face mask if required by public health orders, and of course, getting tested and isolating if you have symptoms, even if really mild. Especially when you are vaccinated, in the unlikely event you get COVID, it's very likely your symptoms are going to be milder than in unvaccinated people. It is really important that we are still getting tested even with very mild symptoms to make sure if we can contract COVID we minimise the risk of passing it on to others, even if ourselves are very well from severe disease from having the vaccine.

So, instead of our third question, we thought today we would take a chance to have a quick chat about the study that has been published in the last 24 hours about the use of the Pfizer BioNTech, or called Comirnaty, vaccine in children five to 11 years of age, which is a really interesting new piece of evidence that is adding to the body of knowledge that we have about these vaccines.

This is the first sort of landmark or large pivotal study involving more than 2000 children aged five to 11 years of age about the safety and efficacy of the vaccines in these cohorts. It is about the Pfizer, or Comirnaty, vaccine and they looked at the safety profile but also the immune response for the vaccine, a reduced dose, about 1/3 of the dose that adults or children 12 to 15 get. The study concludes, based on the information that the company has released, that the vaccine is safe and develops an equivalent or comparable immune response to those that we observe in older people with the full dose. So that's a really encouraging result and it is adding to what we know about these vaccines in different age groups. This does not mean that the vaccine is now automatically going to be used in younger people. There is a whole heap of other processes that need to take place before we do that. The company has said that they will submit to the American drug regulator, the FDA, and to the European Medicines Agency in order to seek regulatory approval for the vaccine in younger cohorts. It is likely, after that process, that we will probably seek similar arrangements with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, Australia's drug regulator. Each regulator will do an independent assessment of all the available evidence, this study will help form that opinion but it will not be the only thing they will look into, and before any regulator, and definitely Australia's regulator, approve the vaccine for use in that age group, they will have to be satisfied of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in that cohort. At this stage it doesn't change the arrangements, it doesn't change the vaccine program in Australia, but it is a good step in terms of adding more positive news on how these vaccines may be used in younger groups which is good in terms of our goal to getting as many people vaccinated in the overall population. But for now, it is important to remember that the Pfizer BioNTech, or Comirnaty, vaccine as well as the Moderna, or Spikevax, vaccine are approved in Australia for people 12 years and over. So, kids 12 to 16 can get the vaccine right now and in fact we are seeing more and more younger people getting the vaccine every day. It has been really quick since the vaccine eligibility opened for people 12 to 15 years of age, broadly on the 13 September, there has been more than 15% of that entire age group that have received a first dose. Really, families are coming forward to receive the vaccine across all the age groups. It is important we focus on who is eligible right now which is everyone over 12+ for the two vaccines and everyone 18+ for the AstraZeneca. We keep increasing coverage rates among eligible groups and keep practising COVIDSafe behaviours around people cannot get vaccinated, like younger children or people who for whatever reason cannot get the vaccine. That’s the most important thing we can do right now, but some positive news on the horizon about potentially how we will use these vaccines in younger people later on when the regulators make the call. We thought we would update for you on that because we were sure that would be a lot of questions on that.

And that is all we have for today. Thank you very much for listening, thank you for watching, thank you, Linda, for your interpreting. And continue to practise COVIDSafe behaviours and we will see you next time

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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 21/09/2021

State

Participant Active

Worker Active

Participant Recovered

Worker Recovered

Participant Deaths

Worker Deaths

ACT

5

15

5

5

-

-

NSW

147

215

35

54

8

-

NT

-

-

-

-

-

-

QLD

-

-

-

-

-

-

SA

-

-

-

5

-

-

TAS

-

-

-

-

-

-

VIC

11

12

166

196

7

-

WA

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total

163

242

207

267

15

-

  • 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: 
21 September 2021

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