Number of confirmed cases

LocationConfirmed casesDeaths
New Zealand2,38926
Hong Kong SAR11,056201
United States29,512,358533,280
United Kindom4,201,358124,025

*Source: Google Statistics

COVID-19 Key Facts

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“Older people (60+ years of age, or 50+ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) are more susceptible to getting sick with COVID-19 (coronavirus). The risk of serious illness, and in some reported cases death, increases with age, particularly those who have chronic illnesses or who may have a weakened immune system.”

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1. [¹]The highest risk factor for increasing severity of the infection is age. Case fatality increases significantly after age 60 and peaks at around 15% for those over 80 years of age.

2. Children can contract the virus, however they are more likely to be asymptomatic or to have only mild symptoms.

3. Co-morbidities that appear to be associated with susceptibility include:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease

4. There appears to be a correlation between smoking status and infection susceptibility.

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*Source: Australia Government Department of Health

New Zealand

*Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health Manatū Hauora

Hong Kong SAR

*Source: Statista

*Source: Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

Advice for healthcare professionals

Testing for COVID-19 is recommended for:

  • travellers from overseas with onset of respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of return
  • close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases with respiratory symptoms or fever within 14 days of last contact
  • healthcare workers with recent onset of respiratory symptoms and fever irrespective of travel history. Healthcare workers who have fever or respiratory symptoms should be assessed for testing on a case by case basis.
  • patients admitted to hospital with acute respiratory illness or unexplained fever
  • patients with acute respiratory illness or fever in high risk settings such as hospitals, aged care facilities, residential care facilities, boarding schools, cruise ships
  • patients with acute respiratory illness or fever presenting with reported links to settings where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred
  • patients with unexplained respiratory symptoms or fever in Aboriginal rural and remote communities.

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You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:


  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid close contact (1 metre or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
  • Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
  • Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean

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