Covid-19 In Australia Statistic
Covid-19 Map In Australia
Coronavirus (Covid-19) In Australia Timeline and Statistics
The first confirmed case in Australia was identified on 25 January 2020, in Victoria, when a man who had returned from Wuhan, China, tested positive for the virus SARS-CoV-2
In the early days of the virus, most of the cases diagnosed were people who were returning from overseas visits or overseas visitors. One main source of the virus was from cruise ship passengers.
The cruise ship Ovation of the Seas docked in Sydney on 18 March and discharged about 3,500 passengers. 79 passengers tested positively for the virus by 1 April. Voyager of the Seas also docked on 18 March. On 2 April 34 passengers and 5 crew members had tested positively for the virus in New South Wales alone. Celebrity Solstice docked on 19 March. On 2 April 11 cases had tested positively for the virus in New South Wales alone.
The cruise ship Ruby Princess discharged 2,700 passengers in Sydney on 19 March of which approximately 550 subsequently tested positive for covid-19.
Australian borders were closed to all non-residents on the 20th March. Social distancing rules were imposed on 21 March and state governments started to close ‘non-essential’ services. “Non-essential services” included social gathering venues such as pubs and clubs but unlike many other countries did not include most business operations such as construction, manufacturing and many retail categories.
The number of new cases initially grew sharply, then levelled out at about 350 per day around 22 March, and started falling at the beginning of April to under 20 cases per day by the end of the month.
On 12 June, there were no longer any active cases in Tasmania.
As of 2 July 2020, 8,001 cases and 104 deaths had been reported in Australia, with the highest number of cases being in New South Wales.
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How Australia reduced Covid-19 transmission rates & reopened the economy
On 21 March 2020, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia crossed 1,000 but by 23 March 2020, it passed 2,000 cases. This number exceeded 3,000 cases three days later, on 24 March 2020 and continued to climb at an exponential rate to 6,000 by early April.
The Australian government initiated a ban on all international arrivals of non-residents, non-Australian citizens on the night of 20th March followed by even stronger measures (e.g., closures of non-essential services and places of social gathering) a few days later, on 23 March 2020,
The latest available mobility trends for Australia show that people heading to work (with their phones) decreased by almost 50% immediately while those spending time at home increased by over 20%. Data released by Apple showed that across Australia requests for driving directions from its mapping service dropped by 73 per cent from regular levels at its lowest point on April 11.
But while the figures point to signs of recovery as businesses, shops and schools reopen and travel restrictions ease, they also highlight just how far they have to go to return to “normal”.
The latest figures show that vehicle traffic has decreased by 18 per cent while public transport requests have decreased by 56 per cent. Of the Australian cities covered by the Apple data, Melbourne is experiencing the biggest drop in traffic, which has decreased by 29 per cent. That’s followed by Brisbane, which has decreased by 27 per cent.
However, until a recent spike occurred in Melbourne, new cases of Covid-19 had decreased to single digits daily.
On 20 June, the Victorian Government announced the re-tightening of restrictions on household gatherings following a spike in community transmitted cases over the previous week, reported to be mainly caused by family-to-family transmission in large household gatherings.
On 30 June, the Victorian Government re-enforced local lockdowns across 10 Melbourne postcodes. Residents in these postcodes will need to comply with the four acceptable reasons to leave their houses: shopping for essentials; for medical or compassionate needs; exercise in compliance with the public gathering restriction of two people; and for work or education purposes.