Are Aged Care deaths no longer included in NSW's daily COVID-19 updates?
The claim appears to have originated through a single line in a newspaper article.
A claim circulating online declares that NSW Health will no longer include the deaths of Aged Care residents in their daily COVID-19 updates, and will instead only say them in a weekly update.
The claim appears to come from a single line in an article from the Sydney Morning Herald, which says this:
"NSW Health has stopped reporting aged care resident deaths in its daily updates. Instead, Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said she would provide a weekly update on virus deaths in aged care, hospital and at home each Friday, starting this week."
But does that mean Aged Care deaths are no longer reported on a daily basis?
In a statement to 6 News, NSW Health said that "the daily number of COVID-19 cases and deaths are inclusive of all settings, including people in aged care, in hospital and at home."
"This has always been the case and remains so."
The health department went onto say that Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant will "provide a breakdown of recent deaths tomorrow, including the settings."
The claim was pushed by Tim Longhurst on Twitter, who has put together a "Citizen COVID dashboard" in recent weeks.
Longhurst said that "sad to report that we don't know how many people have died" (we do) and added a hashtag reading 'NSW Hidden Deaths.'
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