Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 20 August 2021
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As at 3pm on 20 August 2021, a total of 42,228 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Australia, including 974 deaths, and approximately 9,507 active cases.
- Over the past week, there has been an average of 581 new cases reported each day. Of the newly reported cases, the majority have been from New South Wales.
- COVID-19 cases were reported across all ages:
- The median age of all cases is 34 years (range: 0 to 106 years).
- The median age of deaths is 86 years (range: 27 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, 81% 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, is occurring in a timely manner.
- To date, more than 28,989,500 tests have been conducted nationally. Of those tests conducted, 0.1% 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.