COVID 19 - Final


COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection.


Latest announcements as at 28July 2021

COVID-19 related announcements

COVID-19 Information resources for artists and organisations

A guide to assistance and support for artists and organisations impacted by COVID-19, as well as links to the latest health, travel, business and community information from Australian governments.

Commonwealth Government 




Western Australia 

South Australia  


Australian Capital Territory 

Northern Territory

About COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.


COVID-19 is increasingly having an impact on the global community and is a rapidly evolving issue. Government organisations, public health units and the World Health Organisation (WHO) continue to provide accurate, timely and detailed updates relevant to the whole community.

WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic: 

This resource is intended to provide an overview of the currently available information. 

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around one out of every six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people with the disease have died. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

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