Senate debates

Monday, 9 August 2021

Questions without Notice: Additional Answers


3:03 pm

Photo of Richard ColbeckRichard Colbeck (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services) Share this | | Hansard source

[by video link] I want to give details of the number of Australians in ICU. As of 12 pm today, there are 70 people in ICU, with 29 on ventilation. Sixty-seven are in New South Wales, one is in Queensland, one is in South Australia and one is in Western Australia. To update the chamber on the number of lives lost this year, from the latest data that I've received, 30 lives have been lost in Australia this year to COVID, and 941 in total have been lost through the pandemic. Our thoughts are with all of the families who have lost a loved one as a result of the circumstance of COVID. To add to the information that I gave in relation to staff cases, there were 2,238 staff cases in 2020. Aligning that number with the figure that I gave you for the latest number of staff cases would give you the number of cases this year.