Scott Morrison exposes astonishing data highlighting what’s REALLY causing Covid deaths in Australia

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Scott Morrison exposes astonishing data highlighting what’s REALLY causing coronavirus deaths in Australia: ‘It does not mean that they passed away because of Covid’

  • Prime Minister was asked about increase in Covid-related deaths this year
  • He suggested Covid was not cause of death for some Aussies who died infected
  • More than 5,000 Australians infected with Covid have died this year alone 

Scott Morrison says for some of the Australians who died after being infected with Covid that the virus wasn’t the cause of their death.

The Prime Minister was questioned about the jump in the lives lost related to Covid this year, with more than 5,000 deaths already.

‘We’re approaching 6,000 deaths so far this year, was a decision taken that this is an acceptable number and if so what are you doing to stop 50 deaths a day in Australia?’ a reporter asked during a press conference in Geelong on Wednesday.

Mr Morrison said that every death from the pandemic was a ‘terrible loss’, adding he and the state and territory leaders had planned for a rise in cases when restrictions started to ease.

THE PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS OF AUSTRALIA’S COVID FATALITIES 

Of pre-existing chronic conditions reported on death certificates, the following issues accounted for:

Chronic cardiac conditions – Atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy and atrial fibrillation – 35.8 per cent of deaths with an underlying condition

Dementia – including Alzheimer’s – 30 per cent

Diabetes – 20.6 per cent

Cancer – 14.1 per cent 

– Source: ABS data

‘What you see when you have case numbers of that level is that people, when they pass away from many other causes, they will die with Covid, and their deaths are recorded as Covid deaths,’ he said.

‘But that doesn’t necessarily mean … that they passed away because of Covid.’

The virus was listed as the underlying cause of death for the vast majority of deaths, or 96.8 per cent of cases, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data between March 2020 and January 31 of this year.

However, some 91.4 per cent had other conditions also listed on their death certificate – three other health issues on average.

The prime minister added that if he was reelected, Australians would not go back to daily press conferences or be put under the threat of lockdowns.

‘We are living with Covid … I will not drag Australia back to those times again,’ 

Australia has lost more than 7,800 lives to the virus. The average age of deaths is 82 years old – about the same as average life expectancy in Australia which is 82.90 years.

More than 6.45 million Australians have contracted the virus, with more than five million of them becoming infected this year alone, according to Medical Journal of Australia publication InSight.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics data released on Wednesday that of 5940 virus-related deaths recorded to 30 April, almost 90 per cent (5335 deaths) had Covid as the underlying cause.

The number of deaths has ramped up this year with an average of 45 deaths per day.

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The ABS death toll was sourced from the civil registration system and is not directly comparable with data from the various state and territory health departments.

The prime minister said his position was shared by Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly and other health authorities.

He pointed out Australia has one of the world’s highest vaccination rates.

‘Australia has been one of the standout performers in managing Covid anywhere in the world,’ he said.

Victorian Education Minister James Merlino said on Wednesday the state government would assess whether it needed to continue supplying free rapid antigen tests to schools in term three.

He said the government would supply schools with free tests through to the end of term two, although the recommendation for surveillance testing of students twice a week would be lifted after May 27.

Speaking to reporters in Geelong on Wednesday, Mr Morrison said not all Australians who died while infected with Covid died because of the virus

Speaking to reporters in Geelong on Wednesday, Mr Morrison said not all Australians who died while infected with Covid died because of the virus

The prime minister added that if he was reelected, Australians would not go back to daily press conferences or be put under the threat of lockdowns (pictured shoppers in masks at a Sydney supermarket)

The prime minister added that if he was reelected, Australians would not go back to daily press conferences or be put under the threat of lockdowns (pictured shoppers in masks at a Sydney supermarket)

Data shows the vast majority of Covid patients who died from the virus had pre-existing conditions 

Earlier this year, Ben Fordham revealed data which shows the vast majority of Covid patients who died from the virus had pre-existing conditions – and how coronavirus fatalities make up only a very small proportion of all deaths in Australia.

Earlier this year, Ben Fordham shared data the average Covid victim had three underlying conditions

Earlier this year, Ben Fordham shared data the average Covid victim had three underlying conditions

The radio host shared how there were 2,639 Covid-related deaths nationally between March 2020 and January 31 of this year. The virus was listed as the underlying cause of death for the vast majority of deaths, or 96.8 per cent of cases, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

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However, some 91.4 per cent had other conditions also listed on their death certificate – three other health issues on average.

Those underlying issues ranged from chronic cardiac conditions (the underlying issue for 35.8 per cent of deaths) to diabetes (20.6 per cent) and cancer (14.1 per cent), according to the ABS data.

The median age of those who died with coronavirus was 81 for men and 86 for women.

Meanwhile there were 32,000 deaths from heart disease in Australia in that period, with Covid deaths making up only one per cent of all fatalities nationwide. Another 100,000 died from cancer during those 22 months.

Ben Fordham has hit out at a Covid 'scare campaign' after new figures emerged from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Pictured is a queue for a Covid PCR test in Sydney's CBD on December 28

Ben Fordham has hit out at a Covid ‘scare campaign’ after new figures emerged from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Pictured is a queue for a Covid PCR test in Sydney’s CBD on December 28

‘We’re not overplaying the situation and we’re not ignoring the victims,’ the 2GB host said. ‘But these records expose the overblown scare campaign we’ve witnessed.’

Fordham took to the airwaves to claim: ‘Ninety-two per cent had other underlying health issues – an average of three [underlying health issues] per person. 

‘It wasn’t just Covid that claimed their lives.’ 

The radio host said the health advice during Australia’s lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 should have focused more on countering one of the worst Covid co-morbities – obesity.

‘Why aren’t we warning people that one of the biggest risk factors is carrying around too much weight,’ he said.

‘Were we worried about fat-shaming?’

The US, where 16 states have obesity rates of more than 35 per cent, has the world’s highest Covid death rate with 947,895 fatalities.

 

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