REVEAL: Horror summer from forest fires killed four times as many people as coronavirus in Australia
Smoke from the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season caused an estimated 445 deaths, while there have only been 103 fatal coronavirus cases across the country.
Health experts have said that the health impact of the smoke from the forest fires, which affected 80 percent of the Australian population, was much greater than the forest fires themselves.
The health costs of wildfires, which have been burned in six states for months and scorched more than 12 million acres of land, are estimated at $ 2 billion.
The COVID-19 pandemic reached Australia on January 25, just as the wildfires were brought under control by thousands of firefighters, aided by wet weather outbreaks.
Smoke from the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season caused an estimated 445 deaths, while there have been 103 fatal coronavirus cases across the country (pictured Kangaroo Island in January)
The COVID-19 pandemic reached Australia on January 25, just as the wildfires were brought under control by thousands of firefighters, aided by wet weather outbreaks
Fay Johnston, an associate professor of environmental health expert at the University of Tasmania, told a government study this week that more than 4,000 people were hospitalized due to problems related to the forest fire smoke.
The smoke from the fire, fueled by months of drought and heat wave, covered large areas of Australia’s east coast, turning the sky orange for weeks.
In Mallacoota, a seaside town just south of the border of New South Wales and Victoria, smoke caused the sky to turn blood red and then turn black on New Year’s Eve in the middle of the day.
In the cities of Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, pollution was reported at ‘dangerous’ levels for several days.
Ms. Johnston said about 80 percent of the population, or about 20 million people, were affected by the smoke.
During the wildfires, 28 people died across Australia.
Ms. Johnston said that a survey that reviews air quality and hospital admissions found that there were 3,340 hospital admissions and 1,373 emergency room visits related to smoke.
The study was based on estimates of the impact of ultrafine particles, known as PM2.5, which are nearly one-tenth the size of a grain of sand.
Those with pre-existing problems like asthma or heart disease were particularly at risk, Johnston said.
She said the associated medical costs of the 2019-20 forest fires were about 1000 percent higher than fires in previous years.
In Mallacoota, a seaside town just south of the New South Wales-Victoria border, New Year’s Eve smoke caused the sky to turn blood red in the middle of the day
The number of coronavirus cases in Australia peaked on March 28 and 460 new cases were reported that day
The forest fires crises were still fresh in the minds of the public when the coronavirus pandemic reached the Australian coast in January and was exported from the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was widely criticized for his response to the forest fire crises.
He was forced to shorten a vacation in Hawaii in late December due to public reactions after it was leaked that he had left the country by a fellow Member of Parliament.
His response to the COVID-19 pandemic was a stark contrast: he quickly set up a series of lockdowns and held regular press conferences to inform the public.
The number of coronavirus cases in Australia peaked on March 28 and 460 new cases were reported that day.
On April 17, the daily figure had fallen to 55 new cases and it has remained below 50 since then, with only six new cases on May 27.
Since the pandemic began, there have been a total of 7,137 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia, of which 103 are deadly and 6,553 are recovered.
Experts, such as those at Melbourne’s Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, have credited the rapid implementation of social distance and lockdown laws by the federal and state government as inhibiting the spread of the corona virus.
On April 17, the daily figure had fallen to 55 new reported cases and since then the daily figure has remained below 50, with only six new cases reported on May 27
The medical costs of the 2019-20 forest fires were about 1000 percent higher than those of fires in previous years
In March, the National Cabinet introduced three closing phases, including banning public gatherings and closing the doors of many companies.
Earlier in May, Scott Morrison announced that restrictions would be lifted by the end of the month.
This would also take place in three phases, with most restrictions except international travel lifted in July.
The Royal Natural Disaster Management Commission is expected to release its findings on August 31.
The Royal Natural Disaster Management Commission is expected to release its findings on August 31
SCOTT MORRISON’S BUSHFIRE PUBLIC RELATIONS DISASTER
November 20th: Mr. Morrison tweets, “It’s going to be a great cricket summer, and for our firefighters and fire-stricken communities, I’m sure our boys will give them something to cheer them up on.”
December 16: Nationals leader Michael McCormack is appointed acting prime minister amid terrible forest fires. NSW MLC David Shoebridge tweets he has heard Mr Morrison is on vacation in Hawaii. The prime minister’s office will not confirm where Morrison is or when he will return.
December 17: Mr. McCormack says he will serve as Prime Minister until December 19. The Prime Minister’s office continues to refuse to answer questions about Mr Morrison’s whereabouts.
December 18: The prime minister’s office still says nothing.
December 19: Tourists post social media photos of Mr. Morrison in Hawaii. Voluntary firefighters Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer, both young fathers, are killed.
the 20th of December: Mr. Morrison announces that he will shorten his vacation to return to Australia. He issues a statement saying that he “deeply regrets” all the regrets he has caused. He tells 2GB, “You know, I don’t have a snake.”
December 31: Mr. Morrison holds an exclusive party at Kirribilli House while large swathes of NSW’s south coast and eastern Victoria burn.
January 1st: Mr Morrison serves the Australian and New Zealand cricket teams at Kirribilli House prior to the SCG test.
January 2nd: Mr. Morrison describes the wildfires as “something that will happen against the background of this test race.” A firefighter refuses to shake Mr. Morrison’s hand at Cobargo, on the south coast of New South Wales.
January 3rd: Mr. Morrison gives a bag of groceries to forest fire victims who have lost their homes in East Gippsland.
January 4: British broadcaster Piers Morgan Former and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd condemns Mr Morrison for releasing a ‘show-deaf’ commercial that wipes out the Morrison administration’s forest fire efforts
January 5th: Morrison was criticized by NSW rural fire commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons for failing to warn the fire department before announcing that the defense would be deployed to help the fire brigade recover.