Pandemic revelation: Australian all-cause mortality dropped by 4%

As COVID-19 was claiming lives, lockdowns likely prevented deaths from other causes, researchers say
Protesters in Queensland, November 2021. Photo: AAP

Australia’s mortality rate dropped in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, with about 4% fewer deaths from all causes than expected, researchers say.

Far from SARS-CoV-2 causing excess deaths, public health restrictions — including lockdowns — seem to have reduced deaths from other causes, such as influenza and pneumonia, they have found.