The number of flu-related deaths has fallen as a result of the coronavirus, with Department of Health data showing Australia had just 36 influenza-related deaths during the flu season up to October – compared to 943 in the same time last year.

Overall, flu numbers dropped from over 300,000 in 2019 to just 21,215 in 2020.

Australian Medical Association (AMA) President Omar Khorshid (pictured above) says international border closures had played the biggest part in cutting case numbers.

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