NSW Health heat maps show COVID-19 cases by postcode

By Shannon Jenkins

May 1, 2020

Gladys Berejiklian
Gladys Berejiklian (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts)

The New South Wales government has created heat maps to show COVID-19 cases by postcode including how many people have recovered from COVID-19, the estimated number of active local cases, and the number of tests completed.

The data has come from NSW Health and has been de-identified, according to Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

She argued the COVID-19 cases by postcode maps would help inform the community about COVID-19 testing and recovery rates across the state.

“NSW has one of the highest COVID-19 testing rates in the world. We have tested more than 200,000 people and have capacity to test more than 110,000 in a fortnight,” she said.

“This new way of showing NSW Health data will help communities understand the numbers of people being tested, and encourage more people with symptoms to come forward for testing when they see the impact COVID-19 is having on their local area. It also provides encouraging data showing how people are bouncing back from the virus.”

The tool provides a colour representation of the total cumulative cases across postcodes. The darker shades indicate the most cases.

The state has a total of 3025 cases of the virus, including more than 2000 recoveries. It currently has 690 active cases, and has suffered 43 deaths.

Coronavirus restrictions will begin to ease across the state today, with groups of two adults (and any dependent children) now permitted to visit other households.

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