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Current status

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic.

Currently, Australia does not have widespread community transmission of COVID-19. Find out how we are managing the outbreak to slow the spread.

In Australia

As at 6:30am on 27 March 2020, there have been 2,985 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 186 new cases since 3:00pm yesterday. 

Of the 2,985 confirmed cases in Australia, 13 have died from COVID-19. More than 181,000 tests have been conducted across Australia.

 

Location

Confirmed cases*

Australian Capital Territory

53

New South Wales

1,405

Northern Territory

8

Queensland

493

South Australia

235

Tasmania

40

Victoria

520

Western Australia

231

Total**

2,985
  • *Note that under National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System reporting requirements, cases are reported based on their Australian jurisdiction of residence rather than where they were detected. For example, a case reported previously in the NT in a NSW resident is counted in the national figures as a NSW case.
  • **Includes Diamond Princess repatriation cases: Qld (3), SA (1), Vic (4), WA (2, including 1 death)

Overview of cases

Data used in the overview are based on confirmed cases reported from jurisdictions to the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) at 11.59pm 25 March 2020.

This graph shows the number of confirmed cases by notification date. Interpret the most recently reported new cases shown in the graph with caution as there can be delays in reporting.

View text description and larger image of ‘New and cumulative COVID-19 cases in Australia by notification date’ graphic

To date, most confirmed cases are considered to have been acquired overseas although a large proportion are still under investigation to understand the source of infection.

The majority of Australian confirmed cases acquired overseas had a recent history of travel to Europe or the Americas.

Confirmed cases are seen across all age groups.

Further information regarding the epidemiology of cases in Australia is provided in the weekly epidemiology reports.

Tracing contact with confirmed cases from flights

States and territories are publishing details of flights where we now know that confirmed cases were on board.

You can check these lists to see whether you may have been in contact with a confirmed case.

See our advice for travellers page for more details.

Across the world

Across the world there have been more than 481,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 22,300 deaths.

Find out how COVID-19 is affecting other countries on the World Health Organisation (WHO) website. View the:

If you’re planning to go overseas, keep up to date with the latest advice for travellers.

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.

 
Last updated: 
27 March 2020