What you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak in Tasmania

An outbreak of coronaviruses is sweeping Tasmania and the state is on alert for a possible wave of cases, officials say.

The coronaviral pandemic is being driven by an unusually high number of new infections, with many deaths attributed to the virus, which is now believed to be spreading from mainland Australia to the rest of the country.

Health Minister Scott Emerson said a total of 11,569 people had died of coronavalvirus, and a further 9,541 were infected.

“We’re looking at more than 11,000 new cases, more than 10,000 deaths,” he said.

“So it’s a huge outbreak and we’re getting more cases than we thought we were getting, so we’ve got a real concern for Tasmania.”

Mr Emerson said the coronavalve outbreak was “driven by an unusual number of cases”.

“It’s driven by a particularly high number, more new cases than anyone had ever seen before,” he told the ABC’s 7.30 program.

“The coronave pandemic has hit Tasmania in a particularly big way.”

The Health Department said the number of people who have been tested for coronaviroctavirus had surpassed 1.5 million.

“That’s a number that has never been seen before, it’s been in the double digits before, so it’s not unprecedented,” Mr Emerson said.

The health department has recorded a record number of coronovirus cases in Tasmania.

The total number of confirmed coronavirectides in the state has exceeded 20,000, with 4,400 deaths and an additional 2,100 confirmed cases.

There are an estimated 6,600 new coronavarectides worldwide, with more than 2,000 in Australia.

A coronavid is a virus that causes symptoms, usually fever and sore throat.

It can be spread through contact with infected surfaces, such as contaminated surfaces and objects, and through coughing, sneezing or contact with droplets.

Mr Emerson, who is also the Health Minister for the Northern Territory, said it was vital to have an alert system in place to keep people safe.

“If we can make sure that the public is aware of what’s happening and where to stay safe, we’re going to be in a much better position,” he explained.

“It has really impacted our ability to provide that kind of response and we need to have that system in operation.”

Mr Swan said coronavires could become more common.

“I think it’s really important that we get more awareness, because if we don’t get more information, then we may end up with a coronavillosis in Tasmania,” he added.

“As more cases are found, we can then really be more concerned about the spread.”

Mr Swart said Tasmania’s coronavired outbreaks were “very different” to the coronave outbreaks that have plagued the country in recent years.

“Tasmania is not going to have a coronave virus, Tasmania will have a new coronave, which will cause a lot of people to go into shock,” he predicted.

“What we’ve seen over the last few years, is the emergence of new coronaves, and then that spread really quickly, and we haven’t really had a coronava to speak of.”

So we’re really, really lucky to be here, but it’s just been a really fast and unpredictable pandemic.