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237. Why did the Health Department compare Covid to the Black Plague which was caused by bacteria and poor sanitary conditions not a highly mutating RNA virus? 282. Why did the Health Department pull down the number of Covid cases in Australia from its website – was it because they were too embarrassed at the fact over 10 million people caught Covid in just 9 months?

Question Number: 316
PDR Number: SQ22-000693
Date Submitted: 21/11/2022
Department or Body: Department of Health

237. Since SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in 2019, several variants and subvariants have emerged, driving different waves of transmission across the globe and in Australia. These variants have differed on several factors, including their transmissibility, ability to cause severe illness and impact on diagnostics, treatments and vaccines. 282. From Friday 16 September 2022, routine daily COVID-19 data reports moved to a national COVID-19 weekly trends report. The COVID-19 weekly trends report provides key data with analysis and comparison to the previous week. This came after a decision by all Australian Health Ministers to move from daily to weekly reporting. The weekly reports include statistics on case numbers and deaths. The figures and graphs presented in the COVID-19 weekly trends report are interactive and present rolling seven-day averages to enable more meaningful policy analysis over time. The weekly reports are published on the Department of Health and Aged Care website at www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/case-numbers-and-statistics. In addition to this weekly reporting, detailed data on COVID-19 cases and associated deaths, including cumulative totals, are reported in the monthly Communicable Disease Intelligence COVID-19 Epidemiology Reports, available here: www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/novel_coronavirus_2019_ ncov_weekly_epidemiology_reports_australia_2020.htm.

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