The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new figures showing the coronaviruses most commonly transmitted in the country have now hit the US and Canada.
The figures show there were 6,098 reported cases in Australia between October 13 and November 15, which was down from 8,922 reported cases recorded between October 9 and 11.
While this was a slight drop compared to the peak month of October 11 to 13, the number of confirmed cases still stands at 7,084.
“We have seen a significant decrease in the number reported cases since October 11, as we have been very proactive in working with our public health partners to prevent the spread of this virus,” ABS data and information officer Steve Smith said.
“There has been an overall reduction in the rate of new infections, with a decrease in reported cases of 8.4 per cent.”
While there has been a decline in the numbers of reported cases, there has also been a rise in the total number of reported COVID cases in the US, with 6,862 cases reported in the state of California, up from 5,912 in October.
The increase in COVID infections is particularly concerning for people who are pregnant, elderly, people with disabilities, people on low incomes and people with limited access to healthcare, Mr Smith said, pointing out the coronivirus is the most common cause of death in the western world.
“When you compare it to the UK, the US is the only western country that is not reporting any new infections,” Mr Smith told ABC News.
“In Australia, the total new infections is at almost four times the UK’s.”
The overall increase in infections has been significant.
“However, while the figures have been a boost for the health system, they still indicate the Australian population is not receiving the care they need, he said.
He said the ABS is working with health officials across the country to ensure the public’s health is protected.”
Health services have been running very well in terms of delivering good care to people, but we need to ensure that people are receiving the services they need and not the services that they don’t need,” Mr Clark said.
Dr David Nott, a paediatrician at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, said the new figures showed the coronovirus was getting worse.”
The data is quite clear, it’s a very, very slow rate of infection.””
We’ve seen the hospital get a couple of hundred patients a day who are in urgent need of an appointment and a follow-up.”
“The data is quite clear, it’s a very, very slow rate of infection.”
Dr Nott told ABC Radio Melbourne that the coronvirus has been “getting worse”.
“It’s certainly got to be better than what we’re seeing at the moment, but it is getting worse.”
Dr Stephen McLeod from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne said the coronas virus was showing “increasing strain” in the system.
“I don’t think it’s too much of a surprise that as this virus becomes more difficult to control, that people would be turning to alternative methods of transmission,” Dr McLeod said.’
A lot of confusion’Despite the reduction in COVIS-19 cases, Dr Mcleod said there were still people living with the virus who were still being infected.
“As the numbers are going down, we’re going to see a lot of people having to go through this, it will definitely cause some confusion for them,” he said, adding there were “a lot of misconceptions” around the virus.
Topics:coronavirus,health,covid-19,health-policy,antarctica,australiaFirst posted October 15, 2017 06:35:47Contact Scott McLeodMore stories from Western Australia