COVID-19 in Australia, June

Australia // 30 June, 2020

At least 7,834 cases and 104 deaths confirmed. Status "limited activity". Nationally, the outbreak has passed its peak. While some states appear to have eliminated transmission, other states are reporting cases in returned travellers in quarantine. No active cases in ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

Areas within Melbourne, Victoria, have some community transmission. Specifically the local government areas (LGAs) of Hume, Casey and Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin have "current outbreaks of concern" and have had restrictions escalated.

See the Australian Department of Health COVID-19 website. Weekly epidemiology reports are available here.

30 June: Sixty-four new cases in Victoria, five in NSW, and two in Western Australia. In Melbourne, the "hot zones" of over 30 suburbs within 10 postcodes will be under stay-at-home restrictions from 11:59pm on 1 July until 29 July. Melbourne has experienced a rise in cases for the last 14 days. The outbreak is linked to infection control lapses in the hotel quarantine programme, which is under review. 

29 June: Seventy-five new cases reported in Victoria today, concentrated in the ten hotspots of Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham in Melbourne. Only one is in returned traveller in hotel quarantine. The remainder appear to be locally transmitted, with 14 definitely linked to known clusters, 37 identified through "routine testing", and 23 not yet been classified as to the likely source of transmission.

NSW has reported seven new cases today, all of them in travellers returning from abroad and in hotel quarantine. South Australia confirmed three cases, all in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

27 June: Forty-seven new cases in the last 24 hours have been reported, 41 of which were from Victoria. Many of the new cases in Victoria are in close contacts of known clusters in the city of Melbourne. Testing has been increased, targeting the suburbs of Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham.

There have been 112 locally-acquired cases in the last week. The hotel quarantine procedure for international arrivals requires COVID-19 testing within the first 48 hours, repeated on day 10 to 12.

22 June: Victoria has reported another 16 cases of COVID-19, with 6 of them linked to known outbreaks in the state. Four of the new cases are returned travellers in quarantine hotels.

21 June: A total of 7,460 cases of COVID-19 and 102 fatalities have been reported in Australia. Over the past week 116 new cases were reported in Victoria. At least 29 of these cases were detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine. Community transmission was largely responsible for the remaining cases. The Victorian Government has extended its state of emergency for four more weeks to 19 July and planned easing of restrictions for 22 June will not proceed.. They have identified the local government areas of Hume, Casey and Brimbank, Moreland, Cardinia and Darebin as the center of current outbreaks. The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) "strongly discourages travel to and from those areas until control of community transmission has been confirmed".

16 June: On average there have been 12 new cases a day over the past week, the majority in Victoria. Several cases of "community transmission" have occurred in NSW this week, where the source of infection has not been found.

7 June: Fewer than 20 new cases per day reported in June. Several states have had no new cases for more than 14 days - ACT, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania. Authorities are concerned that protests which took place on 6 June may lead to a spike in cases over the next 2 weeks. Majority of new cases in NSW are in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

2 June: Nationally a further 8 cases have been announced. A cluster of 12 cases is associated with a quarantine hotel in Melbourne, Victoria, and includes some staff members. Queensland authorities have advised that a 30-year-old man who died in the town of Blackwater in the Central Highlands Region in late May did not have COVID-19. The test which initially suggested the man had died from COVID-19 is now considered an error. (More details available in the Latest News item here). There were concerns that the virus may have been undetected in the community. The case had prompted testing of sewage for SARS-CoV-2 virus and establishment of testing clinics in the area.

1 June: There have been on average 14 new cases reported each day in the final week of May, the majority from Victoria. Nationally there are about 19 people hospitalised, with fewer than half in intensive care.

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