There have been more COVID-19 deaths in aged care facilities this year than the first two years of the pandemic combined.
Data from the federal health department released this week showed that 1,088 people in nursing homes died from COVID-19 in 2022.
There were a total of 918 deaths in the centers as of December 31, 2021.
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Some 28,028 people have contracted COVID-19 in Australian aged care centers since the start of the pandemic.
The Federal Department of Health has been contacted for comment.
Meanwhile, South Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions were eased on Friday.
Masks are now only required in passenger transport, airplanes, inside airports, hospitals and community health care, aged care facilities, disability care facilities and institutions of correctional services.
QR recordings are also only required in hospitals and aged care facilities.
It comes as another 54,094 cases of COVID-19 were reported across the country on Thursday. On Friday, Victoria and NSW recorded 25,031 cases combined.
Another 45 people have died from the virus, bringing the national death toll since the start of the pandemic to 6,693.
About 97% of Australians aged 16 and over have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 95.3% are doubly vaccinated.
LATEST 24-HOUR COVID-19 DATA FROM ACROSS AUSTRALIA:
Victoria: 9,664 cases, 7 deaths, 374 in hospital, 14 in intensive care
NSW: 15,367 cases, 16 deaths, 1,485 in hospital, 69 in intensive care