COVID-19 in Australia, October

Australia // 18 October, 2020

At least 27,391 cases and 904 deaths nationwide.

Small clusters continue in Victoria and New South Wales. The number of new cases in other states is low - mostly people who are in hotel quarantine after returning from abroad. NT, Tasmania and WA have all passed over 150 days with no locally-acquired cases.

See the Australian Department of Health COVID-19 website. Weekly epidemiology reports are available here. Data visualisation COVID-19 activity by state.

Status: Limited Activity

18 October: Cases in Victoria have fallen to the lowest levels since an outbreak began in Melbourne in mid-June. As such, eased restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne (Second Step) and regional Victoria (Third Step) will begin on 19 October. New South Wales has accounted for the largest number of cases in the last week, with more than half being locally acquired.

15 October: There have been 166 new cases reported in the last week. Dozens of cases in returning travellers continue to be reported nationwide. Small clusters of local transmission are ongoing in Victoria and there are a growing number in New South Wales, predominantly in Sydney and surrounds.

Of the total 27,362 cases, there have been 904 deaths and 24,909 recoveries.

7 October: New South Wales has confirmed its first locally acquired cases in 12 days; three unrelated cases in Sydney and surrounds.

Additional cases have been linked to a cluster in Chadstone Shopping Centre, Victoria. The source of infection is being investigated for a couple other cases in Melbourne.

Sporadic cases in returning travellers continue to be reported in South Australia and Western Australia. In total there are 27,183 cases and 897 deaths in Australia.

2 October: New daily cases reported have fallen below 25 for the last week. A total of 27,096 cases have been confirmed, of which 888 people have died. Over 24,640 people have recovered.

Restrictions have eased in Victoria; Melbourne has been on the second step of their roadmap to recovery from 28 September and regional Victoria remains at the third step. Small clusters of cases continue, mostly around Melbourne. There are 289 active cases, of which 38 people remain in hospital. A total of 800 deaths have been confirmed.

In New South Wales no locally-acquired transmission has occurred in six days – one case confirmed on 1 October was from a past infection.

Western Australia has reported on new case in the last week, in a returned traveller. There are 22 active cases. Phase 4 of the roadmap to recovery has been extended until 23 October.

 

See the September news updates here.

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