Four newborns in Adelaide, Australia have died after being denied life-saving heart surgery due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
Adelaide is the only mainland Australian capital that does not offer pediatric heart surgery, which is why around 100 babies a year have to be sent interstate for treatment.
However, due to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions imposed by the Australian government, transfers to Melbourne have ceased and babies have to take a longer trip to Sydney instead.
“Obsetrician professor John Svigos said four babies who died in Adelaide last month could not be transferred and would ‘almost certainly’ have had surgery on site,” 9 News reports.
Four newborns in Adelaide have died after being denied vital heart surgery because it was not available in Adelaide, and they could not be transferred between states due to travel restrictions. # 9News pic.twitter.com/IFZsv9kq4k
– 9News Australia (@ 9NewsAUS) October 20, 2020
Many health experts have warned that the impact of the coronavirus lockdown measures are having a devastating impact on health, with countless deaths from serious untreated illnesses.
Last month, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Muller warned that lockdown measures around the world would end up killing more people than the coronavirus itself.
“We predict an additional 400,000 deaths from malaria and HIV this year on the African continent alone,” Muller said, adding that “half a million more will die of tuberculosis”.
Muller’s comments came months after a leaked German Home Office study found the impact of the country’s lockdown could end up killing more people than the coronavirus due to victims of other serious illnesses not receiving treatment.
Another study found that lockdowns “will destroy at least seven times more years of human life” than they save.
Professor Richard Sullivan also warned that there will be more cancer deaths in the UK than total coronavirus deaths due to the restriction on people’s access to testing and treatment due to the lockdown.
His comments were echoed by Peter Nilsson, Swedish professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at Lund University, who said: “It is so important to understand that deaths from COVID-19 will be much lower than deaths from foreclosure of society when the economy is ruined.
According to Professor Karol Sikora, an NHS consultant oncologist, there could be 50,000 more cancer deaths due to the suspension of routine screening during the UK lockdown.
Experts have also warned that there are believed to be 1.4 million deaths worldwide from untreated TB infections due to the lockdown.
As we pointed out earlier, a consortium of data analysts in South Africa found that the economic consequences of the country’s lockdown would result in 29 times more deaths than the coronavirus itself.
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