Some background data

Some Covid Background Data.

17th Jan 2022



Case load in SA:

  • This link gives the latest South Australian data.
  • At the time of writing the daily case load has dropped from a peak of 5679 to 2479 ie a 50% drop.
  • total known active cases as of 17thJan is over 66,000.
  • deaths 42 (0.06% of 66,000 known cases).


Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

  • This is national data
  • It was released in Sept’ 2021 relating to finalised figures from 2020.
    • This may seem a little old but 2020 was a year with big outbreaks in NSW and Victoria.
    • It takes time for the ABS to finalise all data for the whole of the nation.
  • In 2020 COVID-19 was the 38th leading cause of death (898 deaths).
  • Median age of death was 86 years
  • In 2020 there was a decrease in ‘all causes’ total mortality in Australia. This means that fewer people were dying per million Australians than in previous years.
  • The five leading causes of death decreased, with a significant reduction in respiratory diseases.
  • Rates from suicide, drug overdoses and car crashes decreased.
  • Alcohol-induced death rates increased by 8.3%.


Historical Data:

  • In terms of number of deaths and ignoring the proportion of the total population dying this is the 7th largest pandemic in recorded history.
  • Here is a link to historical data.
  • Pandemics tend to last 2-4 years
  • In terms of the proportion of the total population dying in a pandemic:
    • Plague (the Black Death) which occurred between 1347-1350. Total deaths are estimated at about 200 million of 400 million total world population ie 50% mortality.
    • The Spanish Flu which occurred between 1919-1920. Total deaths are estimated at about 50 million of 1,900 million total world population ie 2.6% mortality.
    • Covid 19 which began in 2020 and is still active. Total deaths are currently 5.5 million of 7.87 billion (0.07%).