The prime minister has defended his handling of the pandemic, saying rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths are “always going to happen”.
Scott Morrison has acknowledged there have been 7,853 COVID-19 related deaths in Australia, 65 of them in the past 24 hours.
“As the number of cases increased, and that’s what was always going to happen, under the national plan that we developed with the states and territories, the number of cases would increase,” he said. to reporters in Geelong on Wednesday.
More than 6.45 million Australians have contracted the virus, of which more than five million have been infected this year alone, according to the Medical Journal of Australia’s InSight publication.
Mr Morrison said that when the number of cases reaches this level, deaths recorded as deaths from COVID-19 do not necessarily mean that they died from the coronavirus disease.
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released on Wednesday that of 5,940 recorded virus-related deaths as of April 30, nearly 90 per cent (5,335 deaths) had COVID-19 as the underlying cause.
The number of deaths has increased this year with 3,107 recorded, more than double last year’s virus-related deaths (1,322).
The ABS death count comes from the civil registration system and is not directly comparable to data from individual state and territory health departments.
Nearly 60,000 new cases of COVID-19 and 53 deaths were reported nationwide on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister said his position was shared by Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly and other health authorities.
“We are living with COVID, and not going back to these daily press conferences of people talking about COVID every day, and looming the threat of shutdowns and lockdowns and interfering in people’s lives again,” he said. he declares.
“I will not bring Australia back to that time.”
He pointed out that Australia has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world.
“Australia has been one of the most successful countries in managing COVID anywhere in the world,” he said.
Victoria’s Education Minister James Merlino said on Wednesday the state government would assess whether to continue providing free rapid antigen tests to schools in term three.
He said the government would provide schools with free tests until the end of the second term, although the recommendation for twice-weekly pupil monitoring tests would be lifted after May 27.
LATEST 24-HOUR COVID-19 DATA:
NSW: 12,297 cases, 14 deaths, 1,395 in hospital including 59 in intensive care
Victoria: 14,220 cases, 22 deaths, 510 in hospital, including 31 in intensive care
Tasmania: 1,179 cases, one death, 45 in hospital including one in intensive care
ACT: 1,098 cases, no deaths, 74 in hospital including four in intensive care
QLD: 10,198 cases, seven deaths, 511 in hospital including 16 in intensive care
WA: 16,253 cases, three deaths, 327 in hospital including 12 in intensive care
SA: 4072 cases, six deaths, 247 in hospital including 10 in intensive care
NT: 349 cases, no deaths, 25 in hospital including two in intensive care.
Australian Associated Press