I don't think that the CHO thought the deaths were OK, how do you read that from her comments? Do you think she let 82 people die?
What she did say was that a case load of 20,000 cases is "ripping through" the State, and that 82 deaths from that number is about average for Influenza A.
With COVID, we have had 31,224 cases in Aust (so far), leading to 911 deaths, a death rate 8 times higher than Influenza A. Not quite the same as the Flu.
Not quite the same but of course the death rate is going to be really high until we achieve some kind of herd immunity as we have with lots of similar illnesses.
Influenza does the regular rounds of the globe and does it regular sweep though Australia and Aussie workplaces, schools, hospitals and nursing homes and the Grim Reaper is usually very busy on his moped - especially in the winter months when its cool and humid. I think the estimated deaths figure cited in that article is extremely low because it's the complications that flu causes (usually pneumonia) that actually does the killing, usually not the actual flu itself. All round its really incredibly bad news especially if you're old or already have respiratory illness -
Yet nobody talks about shutting down any and all social movements throughout the state/nation when flu is on the rampage. Why? Probably because its felt we're doing everything we can to prevent the illness within reason and there's no need to go to that extent on account of common flu. I would postulate if that if COVID 19 were let rip now in Australia with most over 70's now vaccinated we'd probably achieve the same sorts of death numbers as we would from flu within a few years.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to be condemned on this board for taking that attitude but my guess is that this will have to be the path within a few years, people will change their minds about how it should be managed - eventually - and it'll be treated the same as the other common viruses.