When Dr David Daley visited Australia last month, he was surprised to find the country had the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in the world.
Dr Daley was among hundreds of doctors from around the world who visited the country to discuss the global response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Dr David says that the country has had a “very high rate of COV-19 infection” since the start of the pandemic, and that this has meant a “significant increase in the number of infections”.
A study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) published last month found the number in the country of people who had COVID has risen by more than 20 per cent in just three months.
The figures have been published as part of an ongoing effort by AIHW to analyse the impact of COVR on healthcare workers.
The AIHN report said that the number and types of COVI infections are similar to those in Europe and the United States, but also that in Australia, COVID infection rates have doubled over the last three months, rising from 1,813 cases per 100,000 people in December to 3,058 in January.
This was despite the fact that Australians are not vaccinated for COV.
Dr Dave says that Australia’s vaccination rate has not increased in three months because of the spike in cases.
“We’ve had a huge rise in COVID cases over the past year, and the coronovirus pandemic is impacting our healthcare system,” Dr Dison said.
“This has meant that the rate of infections is also rising, which is why the numbers of infections in Australia are now a significant increase over the previous three months.”
The report also found that while the number who were discharged from hospital following a COVID incident increased in December, the number returning home increased by almost threefold from a year ago.
It said that in a year, more than 8,000 Australians have returned home with COVID, compared to about 1,000 in 2015.
Dr Rhea Parekh, a paediatrician and researcher at the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), said the numbers are still significant.
“There is an enormous opportunity for us to get some good data from people in the community about the risk of infection, so we can assess the impact that they’re having on their health,” Dr Parek said.
The number of cases reported to Australia’s coronaviruses surveillance system has risen from 9,400 in January to 16,100 in March, the latest figures available.
The coronaviral death rate in Australia has more than doubled since the outbreak started, from 1.2 deaths per 100 000 people in January 2015 to 4.1 deaths per 10,000 population in March this year.
More: Dr Dickson said there are a number of factors behind the rise in cases in Australia.
“I think it’s a combination of a high rate and the introduction of new drugs and a very aggressive coronavaccine strategy that has had an impact on coronavirence,” he said.
While the number is still small compared to other countries, the trend shows Australia has made significant strides.
“The coronavids numbers in Australia have increased, but the actual number of people that are receiving treatment, that are in hospital, is declining,” Dr Rieger said.
More: Dr Riesger says there are several reasons for the increase in COV infections, including the rapid spread of the coronivirus, the continued use of mobile phones and the rise of more aggressive vaccines.
“I think we have a very strong ability to manage the coronvirus and to provide a supportive environment for people in our community to be able to stay safe,” Dr Jens Rieber, a professor at the University of Western Australia, told the ABC.
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