In Australia, a total of 26,513 cases of COVID-19 have been reported, including 1661 active cases, 23,031 recovered cases and 788 deaths. Across the 2020 calendar year to 31 July 2020, the total number of departures from residential care due to death is 32,398, compared with 33,383 at the same point in 2019.

The lower number of deaths in 2020 in the data available to date compared to the same point in 2019 is likely the result of increased influenza immunisation rates, and increased infection control protocols introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly influenza kills many elderly Australians each year many of whom live in aged care facilities.

• The 2017 influenza season recorded the highest levels of influenza activity since 2009 swine flu pandemic with over 1064 older Australians dying from influenza.
• In 2019, 837 older Australians died from influenza.
• In 2020, 28 older Australians have died from influenza to date.

Australia’s overall COVID death rate as a proportion of cases is around 3.0 per cent (compared to 12.8 per cent in the UK). Our death rate in aged care across Australia as a proportion of total aged care residents is around 0.32 per cent (3.2 in 1000) compared to 5.3 per cent in the UK. There are 83 residential aged care facilities currently active with COVID-19. 82 of these services are in Victoria and one is in Queensland.