"As three new Omicron subvariants – BA.2.12.1, BA.4 and BA.5 – begin to spread
in Australia, health authorities are warning of winter surges in both Covid and
Reported Covid infection rates in Australia are already among the highest in
the world. As of data from 2 May, Australia’s average daily infection rate is
1,515 cases per million people – the second-highest in the world for countries
with a population greater than 1 million, after New Zealand (1,566 cases per
On Wednesday, Western Australia recorded its highest-ever daily Covid figures
with 9,782 cases.
Despite its dominance in people’s lives and daily press coverage over the past
two years, Australia’s response to the Covid pandemic has not featured
prominently during the election campaign.
Why are reported infection rates in Australia so high compared with other
countries – and despite sustained transmission of the virus, why do many now
feel apathetic about Covid?"
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics