Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance – 21 October 2021
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As at 3pm on 21 October 2021, a total of 151,943 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Australia, including 1,590 deaths, and approximately 28,573 active cases.
- Over the past week, there have been an average of 2,291 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, 78% 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 41,752,500 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.
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