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Australia Morrison Canberra bound to deal with escalating Victorian aged-care outbreak

05:46  28 july  2020
05:46  28 july  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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Mr Morrison agreed with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews that making face masks mandatory was Mr Morrison called for patience as health authorities deal with significant levels of community Five-of-the-six latest deaths were from outbreaks in aged care , with the sector now linked to hundreds of

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hinted targeted lockdowns to stop outbreaks is a primary strategy in Australia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The approach we've taken as a Commonwealth Government is we're one country, but there are parts of the country which need to be contained from other parts of the country, and Victoria is clearly in that situation," he said.

"Whether there are outbreak zones in Sydney - which the NSW Government is well on top of ... then clearly it would be the right thing to do to prevent movement out of those areas into any part of Australia."

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Aged care has emerged as Victoria 's coronavirus flashpoint with fears the outbreak will kill more residents in coming days. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said aged care would inevitably be affected by community transmission. "In aged - care facilities you are dealing with the most vulnerable

The Victorian and Australian governments will set up a joint response centre to manage the growing crisis in aged care in Melbourne, with 536 active cases linked to the aged care sector along with a significant number of deaths – including seven of the 10 deaths reported yesterday.

a person in a blue shirt: Up to 700 people are currently infected with COVID-19 in the 61 aged care facilities that have recorded cases in Melbourne. © Provided by 9News.com.au Up to 700 people are currently infected with COVID-19 in the 61 aged care facilities that have recorded cases in Melbourne.

Mr Morrison said Australia must manage outbreaks in a way which doesn't shut the economy down.

Mr Morrison earlier announced he would be cutting his trip to Queensland short to "urgently" address issues facing Victoria's aged-care sector amid the state's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

"The situation remains very concerning and particularly the aged-care situation," Mr Morrison said.

"The situation in Victorian aged-care is very complex," he said.

"Community transmission ... is finding its way into many facilities."

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Grief-stricken families are demanding the federal government take immediate control of a coronavirus-riddled aged care home in Melbourne's north after 77 infections have been linked to the facility.

There are "no simple solutions" to Victoria's complex rate of infections and deaths in aged-care facilities, Mr Morrison said.

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He said the workforce issues, with so many staff now sick and quarantined, was a massive challenge.

The federal and state governments had a "shared responsibility" for the aged-care sector.

"And that's why the Victorian aged-care response centre has been set up," he said.

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Mr Morrison detailed staff shortages in Victoria's aged-care facilities saying quarantine requirements for infected workers had left gaps in rosters.

"The disruption ... means you have significant problems ensuring a continuity of communications with families," Mr Morrison said.

"I know that must be terribly heartbreaking."

Mr Morrison said the ADF had been deployed to an aged-care centre last night to assist with night shift duties.

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Mr Morrison said Health Minister Greg Hunt would speak later today about the growing crisis.

He hinted the ADF will continue to play a more active role in assisting aged-care workers.

"We've got over 1400 ADF personnel on the ground ... who are available to support that work," Mr Morrison said.

Mr Morrison said he was working with Premier Daniel Andrews to get "additional nursing workforces" into the aged-care facilities.

"That is a key task," he said.

Mr Morrison had been planning to remain in Queensland, where he visited a seafood company this morning.

Responding to questions about anti-maskers and conspiracy theories, Mr Morrison said there was "no agenda" behind public health advice.

"It's important that we share the responsibility in doing the right thing by each other," he said.

He said mandated masks in affected Victorian lockdown zones was based on "expert opinion on how we can keep Australians safe".

'Big steps' in vaccine race

Australia is investing heavily in brokering deals and funding research to ensure it has access to a coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is developed, Mr Morrison said.

"We're making unprecedented investments in securing a vaccine and working through many international forums to ensure we're supporting the development of a vaccine."

Mr Morrison said his intention was to ensure Australia can manufacture and distribute a vaccine, including licensing arrangements with the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL).

"We're making big steps there."

There are currently more than 100 attempts to develop a vaccine, but it is possible scientists may never discover a coronavirus vaccine.

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