Table 1B

Oceania region countries: COVID-19 cases and deaths (data from 2 May 2021), data on the number of children screened and diseases included, and the overall impact of COVID-19 pandemic on newborn screening. Legend: N/A - The question was not answered.

Country (region)Population (in millions)COVID-19 cases per million (in thousands)Deaths due to COVID-19
(per million)
Wave with more impact on the countryWave with more impact on NBSAverage number of newborns per country (2015–2020; from 30 June of the initial and final year)Newborns screened/year/centreNumber of diseases in NBSImpairment of NBS during the pandemic*Were there plans/guidelines for NBS during a pandemic
Oceania
 Australia (Victoria)25.81.235SecondSecond318 31480 00021–30NoneNo
 Australia (New South Wales)25.81.235FirstFirst318 314100 00031 or moreLittleNo
 New Zealand
 (Auckland)
5.00.55Both equallyFirst59 61457 00021–30LittleNo
  • *A 5-point Likert scale was used to determine the impairment (1=none, 2=little, 3=moderate, 4=a lot, 5=a great deal).

  • NBS, newborn screening.