15,000 Australians likely to die this year from COVID-19: Burnet Institute

We shouldn't be accepting 'COVID normal', says Professor Margaret Hellard
Australian Associated Press
Professor Margaret Hellard.

Up to 15,000 Australians are expected to die of COVID-19 this year, a figure that is “way too high” an infectious diseases expert has told a parliamentary inquiry.

Burnet Institute deputy director Professor Margaret Hellard warned the country was about to see 10,000 to 15,000 COVID-19 deaths this year but more could be done to curb infections.