Best-case scenario: 3000 Australians dead from COVID-19, says expert

Our mortality rate could be worse than China's because of our ageing population, says Professor Robert Booy

At least 3000 Australians could die from the COVID-19 outbreak at a conservative estimate, and the elderly are by far the most vulnerable, infectious diseases specialists warn.

Professor Robert Booy
Professor Robert Booy.

Professor Robert Booy, from the University of Sydney, says in a best-case scenario, about 3000 could succumb to the disease with a worst-case estimate likely involving “many thousands”.

Although the WHO has estimated the