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Analysis shows Australia has second-lowest cumulative rate of COVID deaths out of OECD nations

Reporting by Stephanie Dalzell

Federal government analysis shows Australia has the second-lowest cumulative rate of COVID-19 deaths compared to other developed nations.

The data looked at the 38 countries in the OECD.

It shows Australia had just 0.75 deaths per 100,00 people between January and the first half of September this year.

In contrast, the US recorded 93.15 deaths per 100,000 people, while the UK had almost 90 per 100,000.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says those countries as well as Sweden, Italy and Greece had between 50 and 90 times the per capita loss of Australia in 2021.

“As I say, every life matters, but the fact that we have achieved that outcome through borders, testing, tracing, distancing and vaccination is just a tribute to all of our health professionals and the nation as a whole,” he said.

“To put it in comparative perspective, Canada, Switzerland, Israel, really fine countries that have done absolutely everything they could, they have had between 25 and 50 times the loss per capita of Australia.

“So, we’ve not been spared pain and sadness, but we have been mercifully spared, through our collective actions as a nation, the degree and nature and the scope of loss in 2021 as well as what we all know about the differences in 2020. So, I think that is an important point of perspective.”

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