Chronic illnesses behind most virus-linked deaths

Original article by Tom McIlroy
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 25-Jun-20

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that some 33,066 doctor-certified deaths were recorded nationwide during the first three months of 2020. The figures also show that 68.5 per cent of people whose deaths were attributed to the coronavirus already had a chronic health problem, such as cancer or diabetes. The highest number of deaths were recorded in the final week of March, which coincided with the highest numbers of deaths from respiratory diseases, diabetes and dementia.