Coronavirus (COVID-19) current situation and case numbers

We are managing the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia as a health emergency. We will update this page every day by 9pm AEST with the current situation, latest case numbers and related information.

At a glance

COVID-19 was first confirmed in Australia in late January 2020. This page provides a number of visual representations of information about COVID-19 in Australia since that time. Our data is collated and updated every day by 9pm AEST and reflects the previous 24 hours.

Further reports on the incidence, severity and distribution of COVID-19 within Australia are published in the Communicable Diseases Intelligence (CDI) Journal.

COVID-19 summary data tables are available through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).

COVID-19 summary statistics 

The below tiles show: 

  • the total number of COVID-19 cases, recovered cases and deaths recorded in Australia since 22 January 2020

  • the number of new cases and tests conducted in the last 24 hours

  • the current number of active and hospitalised cases. Noting, the number of active cases is an estimate as states and territories differ in how they collect this data

  • the number of locally acquired, including under investigation and overseas acquired cases in the last 7 days.  

 

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 previously reported cases are excluded after further investigation this may result in a reduction of total case numbers. *Locally acquired cases reported in the last 7 days includes cases reported as under investigation.

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Be COVID safe every time you leave home.

Wash hands regularly for 20 seconds.

Keep 1.5 metres distance.

Have the COVIDSafe app running.

Understand your state and territory restrictions.

Be COVIDSAFE every time you leave home.

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.

Total cases and deaths by state and territory

Total COVID-19 cases and deaths by states and territories

This table shows the total number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported in each state and territory since 22 January 2020. State and territory totals reflect where a person has been tested and public health management occurred, this may differ from their normal place of residence.

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The number of cases and deaths reported in each state and territory since 22 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).

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.

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

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 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases 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 9pm AEST and reflect the previous 24 hours.

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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 January. 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. 

Cases by source of infection

Australian COVID-19 cases by source of infection

This table shows the sources of infection as a percentage of total confirmed COVID-19 cases that have been reported in Australia since 22 January 2020.

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For the total number of confirmed cases in Australia, this table shows the source of infection as a percentage.

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 – contact with a confirmed case – the person was infected in Australia through contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19
  • locally acquired – contact not identified – the person was infected in Australia, but the source of infection is not known
  • 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.

COVID-19 cases by source of infection by state and territory

This figure shows the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each state and territory since 22 January 2020 by source of infection.

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This horizontal bar chart shows the source of COVID-19 infection and the total number of cases by state and territory.

The horizontal axis shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. The vertical axis shows each state and territory: ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC and WA.

Each bar represents the number of cases by state and source of infection.

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
  • 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.

Cases and deaths by age and sex

COVID-19 cases by age group and sex

This graph shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for males and females by age group since 22 January 2020.

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This bar chart shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases for males and females by age group since 22 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 confirmed 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.

COVID-19 deaths by age group and sex

This graph shows the number of COVID-19 associated deaths for males and females by age group since 22 January 2020.

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This bar chart shows the total number of COVID-19 associated deaths in Australia by age group and sex since 22 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.

Tests conducted and results

Total COVID-19 tests conducted and results

This table shows the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted and the percentage that returned a positive result, in Australia and in each state and territory, since 22 January 2020.

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This table shows the total number of tests conducted in Australia and in each state and territory, since 22 January 2020. 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.

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 9 million tests have been conducted nationally. Of those tests conducted, less than 1% have been positive.

Cases admitted to hospitals

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.

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

Each bar represents those in ICU and those not in ICU.

The horizontal 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.

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.

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This graph shows the number of confirmed cases, deaths and cases recovered since 22 January 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.

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, 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.

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The number of confirmed cases, deaths and cases recovered since 22 January 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.

How Australia compares with the world

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

Last updated: 
23 November 2020

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