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When it came to COVID-19, Indigenous Australians sent it packing – Sydney Morning Herald

Experts feared the virus would be a disaster for the Indigenous community. Defying predictions, the result was the best among any Indigenous community in the world….

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Professor Stanley had expected to see more than 1000 cases, given what happened when 2009’s H1N1 flu hit Australia. While only making up 3 per cent of the population, Indigenous Australians had constituted about 16 per cent of hospitalised cases of H1N1 and 12.2 per cent of H1N1 deaths, reported The Lancet journal in July. It warned then of the high rates of Indigenous people with multiple life threatening conditions.
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