UPDATED DAILY: Coronavirus in Australia — selection of infograms

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Truth and facts are the first victims of war — and mass panic. Below is a compilation, based on verified data of state and federal health departments, of the progress of COVID-19. It’s been compiled by digital communications specialist Juliette O’Brien, who, like The Mandarin, believes data is beautiful — and very, very helpful.

Data is based on media reports and verified with updates from state and federal health departments.


Where they are in Australia


How we compare with other countries (rollover or tap)

^ This chart (log scale) is the best place to track whether our interventions are slowing the spread of COVID-19. It tells us whether we are speeding up or slowing down. This is where we look for a flattening of the curve. Use the bar above the chart to view regions and countries alone. It is updated at the end of each day.

Caution: The values showing confirmed cases in other countries come from Our World in Data, which relies on data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). There are however limitations and variations in how different countries report confirmed COVID-19 cases (e.g. scope of testing, transparency). Read about why Our World in Data uses ECDC and some of the data limitations here.

* How to read this chart: This chart begins at 100 confirmed cases for two reasons — it skips to the point of critical mass needed for comparison, and places all regions in the same moment in time in relation to the virus. Australia reached 100 cases (‘Day 1’) on 10 March, 2020. This chart not only shows the number of new cases, it shows the rate of growth. For an example of exponential growth, select USA in the bar at the top and look at the time it took to reach 10,000 cases (approx. 17 days) and the time it took to double that to 20,000 (approx. 2 days).

States and territories


^ Data note: a case that was originally reported in the NT is now counted in NSW.

Number of new confirmed cases each day

^ Note: The Federal Department of Health now reports the latest national figures at 3pm, including a portion of cases that a state or territory health authority would ordinarily announce the following day. The charts above are updated with the DOH of health figures to ensure the most up-to-date numbers are captured but cases are reconciled the following day with state and territory announcements. This ensures the daily view of new cases remains consistent. (See Twitter thread).

About the people affected

^ Data note: ‘recovered’ cases is informed by updates from the Federal Department of Health.

Twenty-one people have died.

1. A 78-year-old man from West Australia was a passenger on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship. He died on 1 March 2020.

2. A 95-year-old female resident of the BaptistCare Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care facility in Sydney, NSW, died on 3 March 2020.

3. An 82-year-old man who was also a resident at the aged care facility in NSW died on 8 March 2020.

4. A 77-year-old woman from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, died on 13 March 2020. She was in NSW at the time.

5. A 90-year-old woman who was also a resident at the aged care facility in NSW died on 14 March 2020.

6. An 86-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 died in Sydney on 17 March 2020. It is not yet clear whether he was a previously confirmed case.

7. An 81-year-old woman in NSW died on 20 March 2020. She was a contact of a confirmed case linked to Ryde Hospital in Sydney.

8. A woman in her 70s died in Sydney on 24 March 2020. She was a passenger aboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

9. A 68-year-old man from Queensland died in Toowoomba on 25 March 2020. He contracted COVID-19 on board the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship.

10, 11, 12. On 26 March 2020, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer announced three men in their 70s had died in Melbourne.

13. A West Australian man in his 70s died in Perth on 26 March 2020. He was a passenger on board the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship.

14. A 91-year-old woman in NSW died on 28 March 2020. She was a resident at Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care facility in Macquarie Park, Sydney.

15. A Victorian man in his 80s died in a Melbourne hospital on 29 March 2020.

16. A 75-year-old woman in Queensland also died on 29 March 2020. She was a passenger on board the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

17. A woman in her 80s died in Tasmania on 30 March 2020. She was a passenger on board the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

18. An ACT woman in her 80s died in Canberra on 30 March 2020. She had acquired COVID-19 overseas.

19. On 31 March 2020, the Tasmanian government announced an elderly man had died overnight. He was a passenger on board the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

20. A 95-year-old woman in NSW died on 1 April 2020. She was a resident at Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care facility in Macquarie Park, Sydney.

21. A man died at Orange Base Hospital in NSW on 1 April 2020. Further details will be added when available.

^ Why NSW? Most states have stopped providing ongoing data in relation to age with the exception of NSW, NT and until recently SA. (The Federal Department of Health has an age breakdown here.) This chart uses daily data provided by NSW Health to show representation of age groups in confirmed COVID-19 cases over time. It will be replaced with national information soon.

Transmission sources — how COVID-19 was caught

Below are breakdowns of COVID-19 transmission sources in daily and cumulative views for most states and territories. Victoria is temporarily missing due to the production issue noted above. Time-driven views of transmission sources in Queensland, South Australia and West Australia are not possible due to inadequate information from these states.

Tip: Tap or click the icons in the legends below the charts to deselect categories and view others on their own. This gives a clearer picture of epidemiology rates. E.g. try deselecting all categories except ‘unknown local’ in the bar charts.


Travel histories


^ Cruise ships have become a major factor in the way COVID-19 has entered Australia. ​The chart above was published earlier in March to track the countries where positive cases had travelled. The chart below shows how these regions have been dwarfed by cruise ships towards the end of March. Please read the caveat below the graph.

This data is curated from Juliette O’Brien’s website. Juliette is supported by Tanveer Bal, Ananth Selladoray, Robert de Graaf and Naveen Kaushik from OutputAI Labs. Collaborators: Anthony Little, Rahul Vashisth, Noel Mathews, Rashid Elhawli, Shruti Khunte, Shrey Sharma, Suraj Enumula.

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