Covid-19 cases surge in Australia

Covid-19 cases surge in Australia

The number of Covid-19 cases in Australia has risen by at least 100 in the space of 10 hours, of which more than half came from NSW.

Using data published by the Federal Department of Health at 6:30am today and the latest updates released by state health departments, there are now at least 554 cases of the virus nationwide.

Of those cases, 267 are in NSW after a rise of 57 today, while the number in Victoria has increased by 27 to 121.

Elsewhere, there are 94 recorded cases in Queensland, 32 in SA, 31 in WA, seven in Tasmania and two in ACT.

To date six deaths have been reported.

Australia's current virus numbers are in a similar range as South Korea was on 23 February, Italy on 28 February, Iran on 29 February, Spain on 8 March and Italy on 7 March.

Updated at 4:28pm AEDT on 18 March 2020.

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