Top doc says it's time to drop pandemic death reports

Australia may shift to reporting 'excess deaths' from COVID-19 instead of total numbers, CMO Professor Paul Kelly says

Australia may soon move away from reporting the total number of people who die from COVID-19 each day.

Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly says it is time for Australia to move towards the concept of "excess deaths".

He said in simple terms this was the difference between the number of people expected to die over a period of time, or as a result of an event

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