Australian Bureau of Statistics Reports Increase in Excess Deaths in 2022 Which is Above Historical Average
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of excess deaths in 2022 has already increased which is more than the average for previous years.
The number of deaths that occurred by June 30 and were reported by August 31 in 2022 was 92,699. This was an increase of 13,524 (17.1%) over the historical average.
For the month of June, 16,749 deaths were reported. There were 2,410 more deaths than usual, for a 16.8% increase.
Of the 16,749 deaths in June 2022, 14,910 confirmed deaths were medically verified by doctors, and 1,839 deaths were referred to the coroner.
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According to the data, Australia recorded 174,318 deaths that were not caused by COVID-19 between June 28, 2021, and June 26, 2022.
A total of 180,927 deaths, including deaths from COVID-19, were recorded in Australia between June 28, 2021, and June 26, 2022.
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It appears only 6,609 people died from COVID-19 in Australia between June 28, 2021, and June 26, 2022, and 7,924 deaths were reported as COVID-19-related deaths.
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Other causes of death:
- There were 384 deaths due to influenza and pneumonia in June, 31.5% above the baseline average. Of these deaths, 147 were due to influenza (compared to a baseline average of 41) and 237 were due to pneumonia (compared to a baseline average of 251).
- There have been 193 doctor certified deaths due to influenza between January and June 2022.
- Deaths due to chronic lower respiratory diseases were 8.5% above the baseline average for June, and deaths due to respiratory diseases were 13.5% above average. Chronic lower respiratory diseases and influenza and pneumonia are subsets of respiratory diseases.
- Deaths due to dementia including Alzheimer’s disease were 25.6% above the baseline average in June, and 21.8% above the baseline average for the year to June. This equated to an age-standardised death rate of 4.3 per 100,000 people, compared to a baseline average rate of 3.8.
- While the number of deaths due to cancer was above the baseline average in June, the age standardised rate of 12.0 per 100,000 people was below the baseline average rate of 12.5.
- Deaths due to diabetes were 17.2% above average in June, and were 20.1% higher than the baseline average for the year to June. The age standardised death rate for June was 1.4 per 100,000 people, compared to a baseline average rate of 1.3.