Australia sees more COVID-19 deaths in aged care in six weeks of 2022 than all of 2020

This compares with 685 deaths in aged care throughout 2020 and 282 throughout 2021.

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During a series of fiery questions about Senate estimates, Senator Colbeck said the number of deaths in aged care from the virus was not an indication of performance.

“We are in the midst of a global pandemic, and the completely tragic outcome of this is that people will catch the virus in all parts of the community, and tragically some will die,” he said during the interview. Wednesday hearing.

“Performance in managing COVID-19 has improved.”

Senator Colbeck said he did not offer Prime Minister Scott Morrison his resignation over aged care issues.

Elderly Services Minister Richard Colbeck during the Senate Estimates in Parliament in Canberra, February 16, 2022.

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After the government announced that up to 1,700 members of the Australian Defense Force would be sent to aged care facilities to help the workforce, only 106 had been deployed.

As of Wednesday, ADF members had been deployed to 21 out of 2,900 aged care facilities across the country.

There were 25 ADF personnel deployed in Queensland, 12 in New South Wales, 45 in Victoria, 18 in South Australia and six in Western Australia.

Senator Colbeck said the government had moved quickly to implement new rules on furloughed staff following workplace shortages in elderly care.

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Health officials said the situation was exacerbated in early January due to the large number of COVID cases in elderly care and staff also on leave.

It has been revealed that there are 915 outbreaks of COVID-19 in aged care facilities across the country.

Of these, 479 were in New South Wales, 148 in Victoria, 176 in Queensland, 85 in South Australia, three in Tasmania, six in the Northern Territory, 16 in the ACT and two in Australia -Western.

Health officials also said between four and five percent of the older workforce had missed shifts due to testing positive for COVID-19.

However, officials did not say how many facilities across the country had experienced staffing issues due to the pandemic and rising Omicron infections.

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The Aged Care Minister said that while there were problems in the sector that needed to be addressed, he criticized people who wanted to ‘speak out’ about aged care.

“Every time you tell (workers) how bad it is, you’re telling how bad they are,” said Senator Colbeck.

“Mistakes have happened and we have acknowledged that.”

The head of Australia’s vaccine rollout, Lt. Gen. John Frewen, told the Senate committee that all aged care facilities had been visited to ensure residents received their booster doses.

Around 450 sites also had a second visit from vaccination teams.

He said 80% of the country’s population over the age of 70 had received a booster dose.

“Efforts to strengthen care for the elderly and care for the disabled are the highest priority,” he said.

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