Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

Across the world, there have been more than 117,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and more than 4,200 reported deaths.
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According to the Australian Government Department of Health, The Australian Government has unveiled a comprehensive $2.4 billion health package to protect all Australians, including vulnerable groups such as the elderly, those with chronic conditions and Indigenous communities, from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Australian Government has secured additional surgical, P2 and N95 masks for the National Medical Stockpile, for medical and aged care professionals to care for patients with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Prime Minister has announced the activation of the National Coordination Mechanism. The mechanism will coordinate activities across the Commonwealth, state and territory governments as well as industry to ensure a consistent national approach is taken to provide essential services across a range of critical sectors and supply chains.

The Australian Government has committed to a 50-50 shared health funding deal with the states and territories to ensure a rapid health response to the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

In Australia

As at 11:00 hrs on 11 March 2020, we have 112 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), including 3 deaths, in Australia.

  • 60 in New South Wales
  • 15 in Queensland
  • 6 in South Australia
  • 2 in Tasmania
  • 15 in Victoria*
  • 4 in Western Australia
  • 10 associated with the Diamond Princess cruise ship

* Note: Victoria case count includes a case detected in NSW. Under the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System reporting requirements, the case is considered a Victorian case. 

Further details:

  • 15 of the initially reported cases in Australia all had a direct or indirect travel history to Wuhan, China
  • 10 cases, including 1 death, are associated with the Diamond Princess cruise ship repatriation flight from Japan
  • 18 cases are reported to have had a direct or indirect travel link to Iran
  • 39 cases are reported to have had a direct or indirect travel link to countries including the United States of America, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Italy, Iceland, Singapore, Thailand, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Nepal, Egypt, Austria, France, Spain, Hong Kong.
  • 27 cases, including 2 deaths, do not have a reported history of overseas travel
    • 8 of these cases are associated with an aged care facility in NSW. 2 residents of this facility have sadly died
    • 2 cases are either directly or indirectly associated with attendance at a workshop
    • 17 cases are close contacts of known cases, with further details pending
  • The likely place of exposure for a further 3 newly reported cases is under investigation

Of the 112 Australian cases reported, 24 of these cases are reported to have recovered.

For questions about testing or the welfare of people with the virus, contact your state or territory health authority.

Across the world

Across the world, there have been more than 117,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and more than 4,200 reported deaths.

The majority of cases and deaths associated with COVID-19 have been reported from mainland China.

There have been more than 36,000 cases, including approximately 1,100 deaths, reported from 113 countries and regions outside mainland China.

The majority of new cases are reported from Italy, Iran, and the Republic of Korea.

The majority of deaths outside mainland China have been in Italy and Iran.

Of confirmed cases reported globally, the case fatality rate is approximately 3.6%. The case fatality rate in countries and regions outside mainland China is approximately 3.1%.

If you’re planning any overseas travel, or have returned from an at-risk country, see and follow the travellers and visitors information below.

Source: Australian Government Department of Health

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