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COVID-19 aged care deaths a concern, crisis ‘in full swing’

"How can we lose more than 350 senior Australians to COVID since the election campaign was launched and no one is talking about this," United Workers Union aged care director Carolyn Smith says.

Unvaxxed increase risk of COVID-19 for vaxxed people even when vax rates are high: research

Unvaccinated people threaten the safety of the vaccinated even when SARS-Cov-2 vaccination rates are high, according to a new modelling study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

Victoria and NSW announce range of wind-backs of COVID-19 restrictions

Seven-day isolation for COVID-19 close contacts, compulsory masks for primary school students and the vaccine mandate for venues will be scrapped in Victoria, but masks will remain mandatory on public transport, in airports and health, aged care and justice settings.

Thousands receive winter COVID-19 boosters as roll-out fires up

More than 14,000 COVID-19 winter booster doses have been administered since the rollout began this week. Latest vaccination figures show more than 94 per cent of those in aged care - and more than 90 per cent of those over 70 - have had their first booster.

Health minister flags that second COVID-19 booster being considered

Australians could find out in a matter of weeks whether they need to receive a second COVID-19 vaccine booster ahead of a predicted winter surge in infections.

Panic buying grips Hong Kong as COVID aid focus shifts to elderly

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has announced measures targeted at elderly residents as a surge of COVID-19 infections sweeps through care homes with deaths rapidly climbing among the city's mainly unvaccinated seniors.

Colbeck rebuffs calls to resign, criticises those wanting to ‘talk down’ aged care

Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck has dismissed further calls for him to resign, saying during a fiery round of questioning at Senate estimates that the number of deaths in aged care from the virus were not an indication of performance.

NSW Govt denies failing state’s aged care in Omicron

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has defended the decision to ease COVID-19 restrictions in December, denying at a parliamentary inquiry that aged care representatives warned him against making the move.

Colbeck resists calls in parliament for his resignation

The aged care minister has resisted calls in parliament to resign from the frontbench following the large number of COVID deaths in residential facilities across the country.

Morrison says military not an aged care silver bullet

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has insisted bringing defence force personnel into aged care facilities as an additional workforce would not be a silver bullet to fix issues in the sector.

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