The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that COVID-19 is a pandemic.
Currently, Australia does not have widespread community transmission of COVID-19. Find out how we are managing the outbreak to slow the spread.
As at 6.30am on 20 March 2020, there have been 709 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 144 new cases since 6.30am yesterday.
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Of the 709 confirmed cases in Australia, 6 have died from COVID-19. Jurisdictions have tested over 100,000 people.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert
On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID – 19) outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern prompting the Australian Government to issue a health alert as a precaution. You can access the latest updates on
The first case in Australia was confirmed in Victoria on 25 January 2020. As at 2 March 2020, we have 29 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia.
Australian Government agencies and state and territory governments are working together to coordinate an evidence-based response. This includes:
– providing information based on the latest medical advice
– applying a 14-day isolation period to people at risk of getting coronavirus
– applying travel restrictions to reduce the number of travellers from seriously affected countries
– tracing coronavirus cases
– continuing to screen travellers who arrive in Australia
– continuing with border surveillance
– applying enhanced border measures at international air and sea ports
State and territory health authorities are:
– testing anyone who shows symptoms of the virus
– monitoring close contacts of confirmed cases every day
Who is at Risk :
In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have:
What are we doing ?
We will continue to monitor health guidelines and restrictions (including countries from where returning residents will be required to self-quarantine) by the Australian Government as well as the advice given by the General Conference Health Department. We will update advice as appropriate and work to keep our community safe. There is currently no intention to cancel or postpone any of the programmes involving AUC staff in Australia. Should the situation change, then participants will be notified. The intention is to keep mission, leadership and training active within what is safe, and within government guidelines.
Current advice by the Department of Health and Human Service to the Victorian Public :
If you have been in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong SAR, Macau and Taiwan) or Iran in the past 14 days you are advised to:
If you have been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus disease (COVID-19):
If you fall into the risk groups above and begin to feel unwell and develop a fever or shortness of breath, a cough or respiratory illness during your period of isolation (self-quarantine), you should seek immediate medical attention.
Call ahead to your GP or emergency department and mention your travel history before you arrive.
If you are concerned call the Department of Health and Human Service’s coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.
What else can you do?