Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 17 October 2021

This infographic provides a quick view of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Australia on 17 October 2021.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 17 October 2021

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As at 3pm on 17 October 2021, a total of 143,135 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Australia, including 1,531 deaths, and approximately 29,044 active cases. 

  • Over the past week, there has been an average of 2,247 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 31 years (range: 0 to 106 years).
    • The median age of deaths is 84 years (range: 15 to 106 years).
  • There is a relatively equal ratio of male-to-female cases across most age groups.
  • In 2020, case numbers reached an initial peak at the end of March. This was followed by a period of low case numbers. In mid June 2020, case numbers started to increase before reaching a secondary peak in early August 2020. Case numbers gradually declined and remained low with spikes occurring in mid-late December 2020 and mid-late April 2021. From late June 2021, case numbers increased and are currently sitting at a peak.
  • Of cases with a reported place of acquisition, 79% were locally acquired.
  • 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, are occurring in a timely manner.
  • To date, more than 41,038,000 tests have been conducted nationally. Of those tests conducted, 0.3% 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 case numbers and statistics page.

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