Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
Find out how we are monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, how you can help stop the spread of the virus in Australia and what to do if you have symptoms. We also report the latest case numbers, official medical advice and information on treatment.
The situation changes often. Stay up to date with the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread.
Daily case and situation updates
See daily reports on COVID-19 case numbers and the current situation in Australia and overseas.
Stay informed and protected
Download the official government apps to stay up to date and protected.
The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family. Please read the content on this page before downloading.
Stay up to date with official information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. You can check your symptoms and get notified when urgent information and updates are published.
Join our COVID-19 WhatsApp channel to learn the latest on Australia's response to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you're already a WhatsApp user you can send a message to the channel to connect. If you don't have WhatsApp, download the app to join the channel.
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
If you are sick and think you might have COVID-19, check your symptoms using healthdirect's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker.
Protect others and stop the spread
We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.
To protect others you must:
- practise good hygiene
- practise physical distancing
- follow the limits for public gatherings
- understand how to isolate if you need to
If you have a confirmed case, you must isolate yourself to stop the virus spreading to other people.
If you're concerned
You can call the National Coronavirus Helpline for information and advice about COVID-19.
Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National)
TIS National is for people who do not speak English and for agencies and businesses that need to communicate with their non-English speaking clients.
How to seek medical help for COVID-19
If you are having a medical emergency call 000.
GP respiratory clinics
The Australian Government is establishing GP respiratory clinics around the country to assess people with fever, cough, a sore throat, or shortness of breath.
These are being rolled out gradually. If there is not one in your area yet visit your state or territory health department website for more information on fever clinics and other services.
Find out if there is a clinic near you and how to register for an appointment:
- Australian Capital Territory
- New South Wales
- Northern Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
There is currently no treatment for COVID-19. Scientists and around the world are working hard to find a treatment.
There are reports that some drugs can be used to treat COVID-19. At this stage no drugs have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to treat COVID-19 in Australia.
Learn more about medical care and treatment for COVID-19.
Advice for people most at risk
See more information and advice for people most at risk, including:
- older people
- people in aged care facilities
- people with chronic conditions
- people with disability
General public advice
Support to stay healthy
Our ongoing support during coronavirus (COVID-19) section has advice on how you can stay healthy during COVID-19 restrictions. It’s important that you still:
Health and aged care sector advice
Health and aged care sector
Our advice for the health and aged care sector section includes specific advice for health care workers on:
- working arrangements
- hygiene and cleaning
- personal protective equipment (PPE)
- mental health
- providing health care face to face and remotely
- providing aged care services
We also have a collection of resources for health care professionals.
Visit Australia.gov.au to learn more about COVID-19 support from all of government including financial support and advice for businesses and employees, help for education providers, advice on domestic and international travel and other community services.
How we are managing the outbreak
The Prime Minister has activated the Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
To find out how the Australian Government is managing COVID-19, go to Government response to the outbreak.