COVID-19 to blame for 20,000 excess deaths last year: report

Most of the excess deaths were among people aged over 65, but researchers say all age groups were affected.
Australian Associated Press

Australia amassed nearly 20,000 more deaths last year than expected, and experts say COVID-19 is largely to blame.

The total excess mortality for the full 2022 calendar year was an estimated 12%, equating to around 19,800 more deaths than would have been predicted if not for the pandemic, the Actuaries Institute has found.