Australia marks two years since first COVID-19 case

Today marks exactly two years since Australia recorded its first-ever case of COVID-19.

On January 25 2020, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt confirmed a man from Wuhan had tested positive to the virus in Melbourne.

He had flown into the Victorian capital from Guandong a few days earlier, on 19 January.


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“Victoria has followed its strict protocols, including isolating the affected person,” he said in a statement at the time.

“I understand the patient has pneumonia and is in a stable condition”.

Just hours later, three men aged in their 30s, 40s and 50s tested positive to the virus in NSW after contracting the illness in China, bringing the national toll to four.

While the first COVID-19 case in Queensland was detected on the Gold Coast four days later in a 44-year-old man from Wuhan.

Flash forward to now, and the country recorded a total of 40,681 new infections on Monday, along with a further 58 deaths.

But there is renewed hope Australia’s latest Omicron outbreak may have peaked in most states, with hopes cases may soon start to plateau across the country.

Since January 25, 2020, more than 1.6 million Australians have tested positive to the virus and more than 3000 people have died.