News Karnataka
Sunday, October 02 2022
Australia

Australia: Military aid extended to Covid-hit aged care sector

Australian Defence Force (ADF)
Photo Credit : IANS

Canberra: The Australian government has extended military support for the Covid-hit aged care sector.

On Monday, Defence Minister Richard Marles announced that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) deployment into aged care facilities has been extended until the end of September, reports Xinhua news agency.

It comes as more than 900 aged care centres are combating Covid-19 outbreaks, with more than 6,000 residents and 3,000 staff currently infected.

“It’s important that we need to be doing everything we can to meet the challenge,” Marles told Australian Broadcasting Corporation television.

“It’s not just extending the military support to aged care, it’s actually increasing it up to 250 personnel through until the end of September.”

According to the Aged and Community Care Providers Association, more than 2,000 aged care residents have died with Covid-19 in 2022 alone, accounting for more than 20 per cent of Australia’s total deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The decision reflects the seriousness of the Omicron variant’s high community transmission rates and the challenges faced by aged care homes as a result, said Marles.

The ADF has provided clinical and non-clinical support to aged care homes hit by Covid-19 related staffing shortages since February this year.

Aged Care Minister Anika Wells said the sector was struggling to find enough staff.

“We simply cannot find the staff,” she said on Monday.

“People are doing double shifts. People are working every single day without breaking, which is an incredibly stressful environment.”

Australia on Monday reported more than 30,000 new Covid-19 cases and over 10 deaths.

The country’s total pandemic death toll surpassed 11,000 over the weekend, only about three weeks after hitting 10,000.

Share this:
MANY DROPS MAKE AN OCEAN
Support NewsKarnataka's quality independent journalism with a small contribution.

How useful was this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 0 / 5. Vote count: 0

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Visit 7Jackpots and find the best online casinos in India! Play the most popular casino games for real money!

Find the best odds at 10Cric and ipl betting 2021! Signup today and get up to a 100% deposit bonus.

To get the latest news on WhatsApp