COVID-19 infection inside aged care facilities is inevitable: PM
Scott Morrison has said that it is inevitable aged care facilities will see COVID-19 infections due to the high amount of community transmission in Victoria.
"When it rains, everyone gets wet," Mr Morrison said.
"The challenges of dealing with aged care are not unique to Australia. Indeed in every country in the world where there is sustained community transmission, it is inevitable that this will find its way into aged care facilities."
The Prime Minister doubled down on warnings to aged care workers that any illness they feel could result in enormous harm to the residents they care for.
"The principal cause for transmission into aged care facilities has been through workforce transmission," the PM said.
"It is principally come through the infection of staff, more broadly in the community, many cases completely unaware of that infection and by the time they became aware of that infection, then obviously they'd been in those facilities."
Mr Morrison said more than 750 healthcare workers in Victoria have been infected with COVID-19.
"As the Premier rightly said, if you are ill, do not go to work," he said.
"That is true if you work in a meat processing plant, it is true if you work in a chemist shop, it is true if you work in a restaurant, it is true if you're a journalist, a politician, whoever you may be."
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