Due to the difference in reporting times between states, territories and the federal government, it can be difficult to get a current picture of how many confirmed cases of coronavirus there are in Australia.
Here, we’ve brought together all the figures in one place, along with comparisons with other countries.
Guardian Australia has gone through every state and territory press release to construct and maintain an up-to-date database of coronavirus cases, as well as maintaining live data feeds from other groups collating data, such as Johns Hopkins University.
This is necessary to get a broader picture of how Covid-19 is affecting Australians and to track the impact of government measures.
Here, you can see the cumulative total of confirmed cases by state:
Here is the more traditional view of the “epidemic curve”, which shows the number of new confirmed cases per day. It’s important to note that the difference in cases between days can change when states shift the time period over which they report numbers (this appears to have occurred in NSW), and the most recent day will usually be an incomplete total:
This chart uses a log scale and re-indexes the time to the first day since cases were above 50 to make the trajectory of the pandemic in selected countries directly comparable:
Here’s the geographic distribution of cases within New South Wales. Not surprisingly, the map shows the outbreak is concentrated in metropolitan Sydney, the area with the largest population.
And here’s the map showing location of cases in Victoria. Again, most cases are clustered around the cities:
Here, you can see the testing rate per million people for each state and territory, with the exception of the Northern Territory:
You can see a rough comparison of these rates with other countries here.
This database is available for re-use under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0 AU) licence, which means it is OK to re-use, but please provide attribution and a link to Guardian Australia. The data is available in Google sheets here or as a JSON feed here.
We assign cases to the date on which they were reported by the given health department, and deaths are assigned to the date they occurred. Extended data on testing and demographics varies between each state and territory so may not always be available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you spot an error in the data or to make a suggestion.
Due to the nature of collating data daily under time pressure and differences in how data is collected, we recommend cross-checking with other data sources where possible. It is quite likely these figures will vary from other figures due to differences in data collection methods.
Here are a few other websites doing similar work: