The World Health Organization has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic. Find out how we are monitoring and responding to the outbreak, how you can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and what to do if you have symptoms. We also report the latest official medical advice and case numbers.
- Alert statusActive
- Last updated27 March 2020
On this page
- Current status
- Protect others and stop the spread
- If you’re concerned
- Advice for people most at risk
- Health and aged care sector advice
- Government response
The situation is changing rapidly.
Daily case and situation updates
See daily reports on COVID-19 case numbers and the current situation in Australia and overseas.
News and media
For more COVID-19 news and media across all of government go to australia.gov.au
If you have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing, call 000 for urgent medical help.
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
Answer questions about your symptoms to see if you need to seek medical help or get tested. This tool is available online at any time.
Protect others and stop the spread
We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia.
To protect others you must:
- practise good hygiene
- practise social distancing
- follow the limits for public gatherings
- understand how to self-isolate if you need to
If you have a confirmed case, you must isolate yourself to stop the virus spreading to other people.
If you’re concerned
National Coronavirus Helpline
Call this line if you are seeking information on coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.1800 020 080
How to seek medical help
If you have used the symptom checker and it advises you should seek help or get tested, see how to seek medical help.
If you are having a medical emergency call 000.
GP respiratory clinics
The Australian Government is also establishing 100 GP Respiratory Clinics to assess people with symptoms.
If you’re not currently near Ryde, NSW, or Morayfield, Qld, there is no GP Respiratory Clinic in your area yet.
Some public hospitals have opened fever clinics. Visit your state or territory health department website for more information on state and territory fever clinics and other services.
If you are feeling worried or anxious about COVID-19 there are steps you can take. Find out more at Head to Health’s COVID‑19 support page.
Advice for people most at risk
See more information and advice for people most at risk, including:
Health and aged care sector advice
Health and aged care sector
Our advice for the health and aged care sector includes Public Health Unit guidelines, epidemiology reports and other resources.
Visit Australia.gov.au to learn more about COVID-19 support from all of government including financial support and advice for businesses and employees, help for education providers, advice on domestic and international travel and other community services.
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.Tags:
- News and media
- Current situation and case numbers
- What you need to know
- How to protect yourself and others
- Advice for people at risk
- Advice for travellers
- Advice for the health and aged care sector
- Government response
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