Fri. Aug 19th, 2022

COVID-19 infections in Australia hit worldwide highs last week, with infection rates per capita among the highest around the globe.

As the United States officially reached the grim milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19 this month, the recent stats have left some of us asking – how does our own country stack up in comparison?

How many people have died from COVID-19 in Australia?

Across Australia, 7,873 people have died from COVID-19 as of Tuesday, May 17.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases have reached more than 6.5 million.

Case numbers are heavily influenced by the rate of testing, and as such the true number of cases is likely to be higher than official counts.

Australia’s death toll by state

Deaths

Victoria

3,158

New South Wales

2,986

Queensland

952

South Australia

405

Western Australia

201

Tasmania

66

ACT

59

Northern Territory

46

Australia

7,873

* Data as of May 17, 2022. Note – two Queensland residents who died in NSW are included in the NSW tally. These deaths are currently counted in both Queensland and NSW health authority totals.

Who is dying from COVID-19?

Australia’s elderly population has borne the brunt of COVID deaths, explains Professor Catherine Bennett, chair of epidemiology at Deakin University and leading researcher in public health.

“Omicron is impacting the over 80s now mostly, and particularly males,” she said.

Professor Bennett says the average age of death has risen since the Omicron wave began at the end of 2021.

“While males have always had a higher death rate than females across all age groups, there appears to be an even greater discrepancy over the past few months. The death rate per 100,000 people in those aged 80 and over are more than 400 for males and around 250 for females, “she says.

How many people have died from COVID worldwide?

Some 15 million people died during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, between January 2020 and 31 December 2021, according to estimates from the World Health Organization.

WHO places the death toll at approximately 14.9 million by the end of 2021.

This is about 2.7 times the toll officially reported to the UN agency, with the difference based on estimates of “excess mortality”, which includes deaths missed by national reporting systems.

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