Australia’s Covid death rate has been among the lowest in the OECD during the pandemic – but not this week

by Josh Nicholas and Cait Kelly

28 July 2022

But that fact should be considered alongside some important context.

Over the entire pandemic, Australia has one of the lowest death rates in the OECD – 439 deaths per million, the United States’s is 3,050 deaths per million and the United Kingdom 2,718.

New Zealand has seen fewer deaths than Australia – 378 per million – over the total pandemic but is currently seeing a large outbreak. Many OECD countries saw large outbreaks in 2020 and 2021, while more than half of the deaths in Australia have occurred since March.

Read more