Recoveries and active cases
Sometimes states classify cases as 'inactive' without formally classifying them as 'recovered', affecting the underlying calculation. This has especially occurred in NSW, which now defines active cases as locally acquired with onset in the last four weeks. Read more in the data notes.
When does an active case become a recovery?
In order to leave isolation, national guidelines say asymptomatic and mild cases must not have symptoms for at least 10 days since the first positive test sample was taken or onset of symptoms. States and territories apply these guidelines differently. For more details, as well as responses from health departments confirming their processes, please read the data notes.