SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison cut short an interstate trip on Tuesday to assist handle a “really complicated” coronavirus break out in aged care homes in Melbourne, the epicentre of a 2nd wave of infection that has alarmed health officials.
FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks throughout a joint interview accepted New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 28,2020 REUTERS/Loren Elliott
Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state with its capital in Melbourne, reported 384 new COVID-19 cases or 96%of Australia’s total new infections on Tuesday, officials said.
Australia has prevented the high COVID-19 casualty rates of other nations, but a wave of community transmission in Victoria has actually triggered a lockdown in Melbourne, the only Australian city where facemasks are mandatory in public.
” You have a mix of the community transmission which is widespread in Melbourne discovering its method into lots of centers, and in particular it has discovered its way into the aged care workforce,” Morrison informed reporters in Yandina, a town in Queensland state.
Weekly employment data revealed that between mid-June and mid-July the outbreak in Victoria had cleaned 2.2%of the state’s payroll tasks.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews stated 769 active coronavirus cases had been linked to aged care centres.
” I can not stand here and tell you I have confidence that personnel and management throughout a variety of private sector aged care facilities are able to provide the care that is suitable to keep their homeowners safe,” Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.
A commercial tribunal ruled on Monday that personnel in aged care homes, consisting of nurses, would receive 2 weeks of paid pandemic leave to relieve monetary pressure on carers to work when they feel ill.
Morrison said the finite supply of competent employees in the sector made managing the outbreak really challenging.
The Royal Children’s Health center in Melbourne reported that an infant, team member and two moms and dads linked to its neonatal extensive care system had actually been diagnosed with the virus. It had not discovered a connection between the four cases, it said.
In New South Wales state, where 14 brand-new infections were reported on Tuesday, cops dispersed a prohibited Black Lives Matter demonstration. One protester was detained.
Reporting by Paulina Duran in Sydney; Modifying by Jane Wardell and Stephen Coates