More than 2 million Australians have been exposed to coronaviruses and other potentially dangerous respiratory viruses at sea, with more than 10,000 dead or seriously ill, according to figures released by the Australian Government.
The figures show the number of people who have died at sea is increasing as more people go to sea, even though the risk of infection is still low.
The National Health and Medical Research Council’s coronaviral data says more than 3,500 Australians have died while travelling to or from sea this year.
But the latest figures also show more than 1,500 more people have died in Australian waters since the beginning of the year, and more than 800 more have died on land.
The numbers of Australians who have travelled to sea since the start of the summer show more deaths than in the previous two months.
Topics:coronavirus-and-diseases-other,environment,international-aid-and,health,britain,australiaFirst posted September 20, 2018 18:10:33Contact Anna RentonMore stories from Victoria