COVID-19 Latest News

News and information from the Department of Health about COVID-19.

The Dept of Health is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and provides daily updates, current facts and figures, travel advice, key contact and phone numbers. Take me to

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National Health Plan fact sheet

The Government’s multi-billion dollar health package will protect Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the National Health Plan fact sheets.
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COVID-19 in the news

27 April

Free COVID-19 support line for Senior Australians

Senior Australians, their families and carers can now call a dedicated free call support line aimed at supporting the mental health of those impacted by the spread of COVID-19. Learn more.

27 April

Don't put your health on hold

If you or someone you know has a chronic illness and requires regular check-ups, you may be able to minimise leaving home by using telehealth phone and video consultations. Download the fact sheets.

23 April

COVID-19: rapid response boost for Australia’s intensive care units

Learn about the innovative tool to assist Australia’s ICUs to share important and timely information that will benefit patients with coronavirus across Australia. Learn more.

19 April

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance

For a quick view of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Australia, download the latest infographic here.

18 April

Protecting the lives of Australians with disability during coronavirus

Read how the Australian Government has taken urgent action to protect the lives of Australians with disability here.

16 April

Rapid COVID-19 testing to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Read about the rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) Remote Point of Care Testing Program for remote and rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities here.

14 April

$3 million to boost the national coordinated COVID-19 research response

An additional $3 million will be provided to support frontline health workers with training and information to support the treatment of patients with coronavirus. Read more.

12 April

Coronavirus GP respiratory clinics

The Department of Health is funding up to 100 GP respiratory clinics to help protect Australians. See if there is a clinic near you and how to register for an appointment here.

11 April

Electronic prescribing – a guide for patients

Get the latest fact sheet that outlines how you can get your medicine if you are confined to home. Get the fact sheet.

10 April

COVID-19 resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote communities

A collection of resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and remote communities, about COVID-19. Read more.

9 April

Electronic prescriptions to be available at end of May

Australians will soon be able to access an electronic prescription using telehealth consultations, send it electronically to their pharmacy for collection and in some cases have it delivered. Read more.

8 April

Looking after people with existing health conditions during COVID-19

People with chronic health conditions are urged to not neglect their regular health care and to continue to see their general practitioner or specialist about the management of their conditions. Read the Media Release.

7 April

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at a glance

For a quick view of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia, download the infographic that's updated every afternoon here.

6 April

Prioritising your mental health is important in difficult times

Feeling worried or anxious about COVID-19? There are steps you can take to support your mental health. Find out more.

2 April

Australian-designed artificial intelligence set to aid diagnosis of coronavirus

Hospital staff around the world will be trained to identify people who have coronavirus using an Australian-developed artificial intelligence diagnosis tool. Read more.

2 April

Emergency measures to allow continued access to essential medicines through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) have been extended

The extension was made to help manage demand on the health system as the COVID-19 outbreak continues, and to ensure Australians can access medicines they need. Read more.

1 April

Emerald, Queensland’s most digitally connected community, opens the first respiratory clinic in rural Australia to help combat COVID-19

The Federal Government is funding private practice clinics around the country to assess and help people with mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19. Read the article.

31 March

Australian Government partnership with private health sector secures 30,000 hospital beds and 105,000 nurses and staff

In an unprecedented move, private hospitals, including both overnight and day hospitals, will integrate with state and territory health systems in the COVID-19 response. Read more.

31 March

Interim arrangements for prescriptions for supply of medicines:

Supporting telehealth patients and reducing the administrative burden on healthcare professionals to the National Coronavirus Helpline by calling 1800 020 080.

29 March

COVID-19: Whole of population telehealth for patients, general practice, primary care and other medical services

Telehealth is set to become a key weapon in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as the Australian Government expands Medicare-subsidised telehealth services for all Australians. Read the media release by the Minster for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP here.

29 March

$1.1 billion package to support more mental health, Medicare and domestic violence services

Today the Prime Minister announced more help will be given to millions of Australians battling the devastating impacts of coronavirus. Read the media release.

28 March

COVID-19 in Australia: we are not Italy, Iran or Spain

Read the opinion piece penned by the Australian Government Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly. Read now.

27 March

Breakthrough test in fight against COVID-19 at Westmead Health Precinct

With serology testing public health experts can investigate how COVID-19 is spreading in the community. See how Westmead Health Precinct is developing cutting-edge serology testing to help slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more.

26 March

COVID-19 and digital technology: The roles, relevance and risks of using telehealth in a crisis

Listen to doctor Norman Swan and panellists discuss the role telehealth can play in primary and secondary care. The panel presents practical strategies for healthcare professionals and outlines the risks and rewards of telehealth for practitioners and patients alike. Find out more.

25 March

Training to help nurses re-enter the health workforce

The Australian Government will provide funding for registered nurses to undertake online education to enable them to re-enter the clinical workforce and assist with the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more.

25 March

Update on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Australian Prime Minister

The Australian Prime Minister provided an update on Coronavirus and measures to combat it on 24 March, 2020. Read the media statement.

24 March

Expansion of telehealth services

The Government will enable all vulnerable general practitioners and other vulnerable health professionals who are currently authorised to use telehealth item numbers, to use telehealth for all consultations with all their patients. Find out more.

23 March becomes the central portal for Covid-19 info

The site will link you to the latest COVID‑19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies. Go to the site.

22 March

Update on coronavirus (COVID-19) measures from the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, announced new measures and restrictions to protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) on 22 March 2020. Read the update.

21 March

Latest statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) on coronavirus (COVID-19)

Read the latest statements from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) about coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the statement.

21 March

COVID-19 is a health risk for older people. There are new restrictions in place to protect them.

Get the latest advice for aged care facilities and visitors to residents. Read now.

20 March

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) coronavirus (COVID-19) statement regarding travel restrictions

Read the latest statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) about coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the statement.

19 March

Deputy Chief Medical Officer's press conference about COVID-19

Read the transcript of the press conference given by Professor Paul Kelly, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, about coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn more.

18 March

Statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, announced new measures and restrictions to protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19 on 18 March 2020). Learn more.