The number of people testing positive for COVID-19 - the illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus - is ramping up in Australia.
After a slow increase following the first cases in late January, the disease is spreading much faster.
While the number of deaths so far is relatively low, these are likely to increase considerably over the next few weeks as emergency services become more strained.
This page, which will be updated daily, will show the latest available information on positive tests so far, as well as the number of people who have died from the illness.
The figures come with the caveat that the total number of people who have the illness is likely to be much higher. With only high-risk people being tested, many others - by some estimates around tenfold the official figure - are likely to contract COVID-19 without having it officially diagnosed.
TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS IN AUSTRALIA
Positive tests: 3980
Number of deaths so far: 16 (eight in NSW, four in Victoria, two in WA, two in Queensland)
NOTE: The overall figure has now surpassed 3000 in Austraia, with the death toll still sitting at 13.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced stricter quarantine measures for people arriving from overseas on Friday, but stopped short of sending the nation into a full shutdown.
The figure was accurate as of 4pm on Saturday, March 28.
THE NUMBERS BY EACH STATE AND TERRITORY
Here we look at the statistics so far for each state. The way information is presented varies from health department to health department, so we have simply included the information available on their websites - some more comprehensive than others.
GRAPH: How the number of confirmed cases has increased
The health department websites are not always up to date. Where one of our figures varies will most likely be because there has been an official announcement before the latest figure goes online.
New South Wales
Confirmed cases: 1791
- More information from the New South Wales Health department.
Confirmed cases: 769
- More information from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services
Confirmed cases: 656
- More information from the Queensland Health Department
Total cases: 299
- More information from SA Health
Confirmed cases: 311
- More information from the Western Australian Department of Health
Confirmed cases: 62
More information from the Tasmanian Department of Health
The Northern Territory
Confirmed cases: 15
(NOTE: A previous case assigned to the Northern Territory was removed as it applied to a NSW resident).
- More information from the Northern Territory
Confirmed cases: 77
- More information from ACT health department
MAP: How many cases in each state and territory
MAP: The latest COVID-19 cases around the world
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