Australia’s COVID-19 numbers are dropping but experts warn the pandemic will not end this year

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Winter’s nearly over and, with COVID-19 daily case numbers declining, you could be forgiven for hoping the coronavirus pandemic is coming to an end too. 

But experts say that could still be a long way off. 

Let’s unpack why — after a quick look at the latest COVID figures. 

Charts show cases on the decline

Australia reported more than 55,000 new COVID cases on July 21, with health authorities warning of more hospitalisations and deaths. 

The ABC’s Charting the Spread page shows where the daily case numbers are at now:

A graph showing the rise and steady decline in confirmed new COVID-19 cases across Australia over winter in 2022
Daily case numbers have decreased in recent weeks. (ABC News)

In the last week, the nation’s daily case numbers have hovered between 10,000 and 20,000 cases.



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