Coronavirus In Australia
As at 06:30 hrs on 3 March 2020, we have 33 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia.
- 15 of the initially reported cases in Australia all had a direct or indirect travel history to Wuhan, China
- 10 cases are associated with the Diamond Princess repatriation flight from Japan. All of these people have returned to their home states for medical care
- 7 cases are reported to have had a direct or indirect travel history to Iran
- 1 case reported in a health care worker did not have a history of travel to any high risk countries in recent weeks
Of the total cases reported, 21 of these cases are reported to have recovered. 1 person has sadly died. The remaining cases are in a stable condition.
For questions about testing or the welfare of people with the virus, contact your state or territory health authority.
Coronavirus in the news
- The Prime Minister has announced the activation of the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) has issued a statement on travel restrictions
Across the world
Across the world, there have been about 89,907 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and 3,084 reported deaths. Of confirmed cases reported globally, the case fatality rate is approximately 3.4%. The case fatality rate in countries and regions outside mainland China is 1.8%.
The majority of cases of COVID-19 have been reported from mainland China – 80,174. 9,733 cases have been reported from 74 countries and regions outside mainland China.
New cases – especially from South Korea, Italy and Iran – are rapidly increasing.
Since 2 March, 974 new cases, including 32 new deaths, have been reported outside mainland China. Andorra, Indonesia, Jordan, Latvia, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Tunisia have reported their first confirmed cases of COVID-19.
These countries/regions currently pose a risk of transmission to travellers arriving in Australia.
Why is there an alert
On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
The Australian Government has issued this health alert as a precaution, based on the latest and best medical advice.