COVID-19 in Australia, September

Australia // 23 September, 2020

At least 26,942 cases and 859 deaths nationwide.

Status: Decreasing activity

Local transmission continues mostly in Melbourne, Victoria, and small clusters in 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 120 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.

23 September: Cases continue to fall in Victoria, with just 15 cases confirmed and five further deaths in the last 24 hours. The source for five of these cases remains under investigation. The 14-day average for Melbourne is now below 30 cases per day. Some restrictions are set to be eased from 27 September, including reopening of childcare and some schools and gatherings of up to five people.

New South Wales added six cases in the last 24 hours, all in hotel quarantine. It has been two days without any locally acquired cases. There are 115 active cases.

Five active cases remain in Queensland. Clinical trials of the Novovax COVID-19 vaccine are beginning at the University of the Sunshine Coast, with volunteers sought, find more information here.

South Australia has gone 11 days since last reporting a case, and will reopen its border with New South Wales from 24 September.

17 September: The outbreak in Victoria continues to slow. In NSW there have been fewer than 20 new cases a day in September. The majority are linked to known cases and clusters, however several have an unknown source of exposure. In Queensland, there have been a few locally-acquired cases since late August, most of which can be traced to known cases.

6 September: An updated "roadmap" for reopening Metro Melbourne has been announced. There are five steps in the roadmap, with detailed description of restrictions in each step. Step one will commence on 14 September and end on 28 September. This means the restrictions in Melbourne that were due to end on 13 September have been extended for another two weeks. 

2 September: In Victoria, the downward trend in daily cases continues with 90 new cases announced today. NSW reported 17 new cases today, one of which is locally acquired from an unknown source. One is in a returned traveller, and the remainder are linked to known clusters. Queensland has recorded two more cases. ACT last reported a locally-acquired case 55 days ago. South Australia has reached 27 days since the last locally-acquired case. 

See the August updates for Australia here.

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