Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 17 August 2020

This infographic provides a quick view of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Australia on 17 August 2020.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 17 August 2020

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As at 3pm on 17 August 2020, a total of 23,559 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Australia, including 421 deaths, and 14,533 have been reported as recovered from COVID-19. 

  • Over the past week, there has been an average of 314 new cases reported each day. Of the newly reported cases, the majority have been from Victoria.
  • COVID-19 cases were reported across all ages.
    • The median age of all cases is 37 years (range: 0 to 106 years).
    • The median age of deaths is 85 years (range: 30 to 103 years).
  • There is a relatively equal ratio of male-to-female cases across most age groups.
  • Following the peak of cases at the end of March, there were a relatively low number of new cases reported daily between mid April and early June 2020. Cases have increased since mid June. Since early August 2020, the number of newly reported cases has begun to stabilise, but high numbers of cases continue to be reported.
  • Of cases with a reported place of acquisition, 22% have recent international travel history, including over 1,300 cases associated with cruise ships.
  • The overall proportion of cases under investigation in each state and territory is relatively low, indicating that public health actions, including case identification and contact tracing, is occurring in a timely manner.
  • To date, over 5,336,000 tests have been conducted nationally. Of those tests conducted 0.4% have been positive.
  • The ‘cases in aged care services’ table presents the number of cases that have been reported among care recipients in Australian Government subsidised residential and in-home care settings in each state and territory.

 View the latest information on our current situation and case numbers page.

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