Coronavirus (COVID-19)

in Australia

Data is based on media reports and verified with updates from state and federal health departments. Last updates: please see timestamps on charts. This site is run by volunteers. Please consider supporting it. New chart: Log scale comparing Australia's death rate with other countries.

Australia's trajectory and how we compare (rollover or tap)

This chart (log scale) shows the number of confirmed cases and the rate at which they are growing. It tells us whether the spread of coronavirus is speeding up or slowing down. Use the bar above the chart to select region/s and view them more clearly. Tip: if you select USA and China, then add the countries you want to view, the chart will retain its current axes. This chart has been redesigned based on feedback. View a larger version here.

Caution: The values showing confirmed cases in other countries come from Our World in Data, which relies on data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). There are limitations and variations in how different countries report confirmed COVID-19 cases. Read about why Our World in Data uses ECDC and some of the data limitations here.

* How to read this chart: It begins at 100 confirmed cases for two reasons - it is an accepted point of critical mass needed for comparison, and it places all regions in the same moment in time in relation to the virus. Australia reached 100 cases ('Day 1') on 10 March, 2020. Note that the y-axis jumps forward in greater and greater values. This is because it measures exponential growth. For an example of exponential growth, select USA in the bar at the top and look at the time it took to reach 10,000 cases (approx. 17 days) compared with the time it took to double that to 20,000 cases (approx. 2 days).

FAQ: What about cases that are no longer active? Detailed data about recoveries are not released regularly. We do not yet have enough to track recoveries over time. The Federal Department of Health recently started releasing total recoveries. It can be found on the deaths and recoveries page.


Where they are in Australia


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