Victoria has announced 28 new cases of COVID-19 in Victoria in the past 24 hours with eight deaths, another day of comparatively low numbers as they continue on the road out of lockdown.
Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed six of the eight deaths were linked to aged care, bringing the total death toll in aged care to 612 – 582 of which have occurred in Victorian homes.
This news comes as the federal government decided to release weekly detailed data of where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring in aged care nationwide.
Aged Care minister Richard Colbeck said that the data shows that “of the 2,706 aged care facilities in Australia, 213 – or 8 per cent – have had cases of COVID-19”.
“The data does not include details on facilities that have had a single case – there are 98 of these facilities across the country,” he said.
The data shows that, as of September 11, there are 83 residential aged care facilities currently active with COVID-19. Eighty-two of these services are in Victoria and one is in Queensland.
Also included is a comparison of the aged care deaths in 2020 with the previous year.
Across the 2020 calendar year to 31 July 2020, the total number of deaths in residential care is 32,398, compared with 33,383 at the same point in 2019.
The government attributes the lower number of deaths to increased influenza immunisation across the sector and better infection control put in place during the pandemic.
They also compared these stats with influenza deaths and found that only 28 older Australians have died from flu in aged care so far this year, tracking significantly lower than 2019 and 2017, when 837 and 1064 residents died respectively.
When compared to other nations Australia is also faring slightly better. COVID death rate as a proportion of cases is around 3.0 per cent, compared to 12.8 per cent in the UK. In Canada, 21 per cent (1,231 of 5,801) of care homes has one or more confirmed case of COVID-19.Do you have an idea for a story?
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