COVID-19 is the leading cause of death in Australia. But not all deaths are equal, with the country’s marginalized more likely to die from the virus.
COVID-19 has become the leading cause of death in Australia, beating out cancer and heart disease. In the two and a half years since the start of the pandemic, there have been nearly 8,400 deaths, up from more than 6,000 this year alone. Of the fatalities, around 90% of people have died of COVID-19 versus with the virus. In the first two months of 2022, there was a 20% increase in deaths compared to the historical average and Australia now has one of the highest numbers of infections per capita in the world.
This is staggering for a virus that did not exist three years ago.
But not all deaths are equal: the virus is claiming the lives of Australia’s marginalized – the elderly, the overseas-born, those living in deprived areas and people with disabilities make up the bulk of the fatalities. Perhaps that is why Australia’s appetite for COVID-19 deaths appears to have increased.
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