You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Australia Concerned As People Dying At 'Incredibly High' Pace And It Can't Tell Why

Benzinga logo Benzinga 12/26/2022 Navdeep Yadav
© Provided by Benzinga

Australia's peak actuarial body has asked the government to urgently investigate the country's "incredibly high" 13% excess death rate in 2022. 

What Happened: An analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data by the Actuaries Institute showed that an additional 15,400 people died in the first eight months of the year in the country. 

Actuaries said that number includes around one-third of those having no link to COVID-19.

See Also: Facebook, Google Parents Inked Over 30 Deals With Media Outlets After Law Made Them Pay For News, Says Australia

13% was an "incredibly high number for mortality," and it was "not clear" what was driving the increase, said Karen Cutter, spokeswoman for the institute's Covid-19 Mortality Working Group.

Trending: Desantis Calls Trump 'A Moron Who Has No Business Running For President,' Former Staffers Say: Report

Must Read: Surging Electricity Prices Make Some Gas Vehicles Cheaper Than Electric Ones In Europe

"Mortality doesn't normally vary by more than 1 to 2%, so 13% is way higher than normal levels," she said.

"I'm not aware [of anything comparable] in the recent past but I haven't gone back and looked [historically]. They talk about the flu season of 2017 being really bad, and the mortality there was 1% higher than normal. So it's well outside the range of normal," she said. 

This came after Australia's latest mortality data released in November showed that there had been 128,797 deaths from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, which was 17% higher than the historical average.

This story was originally published on Dec. 7, 2022.

Check out more of Benzinga’s Europe and Asia coverage by following this link.

AdChoices
AdChoices
AdChoices

More From Benzinga

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon