Anglicare issues a statement on Newmarch House
Anglicare has issued a statement following news this morning that two staff members of its Newmarch House aged care home in Sydney have been diagnosed with the infection. The virus has killed 13 residents of the home since April. The statement says the new infections occurred “despite having strict procedures and enforced infection control practices in place”.
“We are investigating further as to how this occurred and we continue to work closely with the NSW Public Health Unit on this. Additional positive cases associated with Newmarch House are very distressing for our staff, our residents, and their families.
We are very appreciative of the support being provided by the Commonwealth and NSW governments and by the Aged Care sector more broadly.
We are further improving our pastoral care for residents and their families by offering access to Anglicare Sydney’s counselling and chaplaincy services as well as continuing the successful window visits between residents and families.
Additionally, Anglicare Sydney was relieved to hear that the outbreak of Covid-19 at Dorothy Henderson Lodge has now been dealt with. This gives us great hope that we will overcome this devastating virus at Newmarch House.”
Flinders University this morning published an analysis of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on South Australia. The director of Flinders University’s Australian Industrial Transformation Institute Professor John Spoehr says by 2024, some 61,000 people in the state will lose their jobs, notwithstanding the JobKeeper initiative.
“Gross State Product will be 14.8% lower this quarter than it would have been without the Covid-19 restrictions, and recovery will be slow, with GSP remaining 6.4% lower than would otherwise have been the case at this time next year,” he said. “Our earnings from interstate exports will fall 18% and our overseas export earnings will plunge 23.5%.”
Meanwhile two new reports released by the Melbourne Institute assess the scope of the Covid-19 pandemic’s economic impact in Australia at a state-by-state level. The Melbourne Institute Nowcast of Australian GDP report found “Consumer sentiment, which tends to lead consumption, fell dramatically in April. It is now at a similar level to that observed during the Global Financial Crisis”. Its report on State Leading Indexes of Economic Activity says federal government support packages, to a certain extent, may have helped to soften this rising consumer pessimism.
Good morning everyone, Melissa Davey here with you to take you through all the Covid-19 updates for Australia today.
Here’s a quick recap of where we are at, starting with some good news:
It seems as we go into the weekend, many are hopeful that we will be seeing some kind of easing of restrictions sooner than anticipated. But the last thing Australian wants is the situation we’ve seen unfolding in Singapore, where after successful containment of the virus which were praised around the world, it experienced record-breaking days of new cases last week. The country has now implemented a lockdown.
This is something we are going to see those countries who are containing the virus increasingly grapple with over the next few weeks. The deputy chief medical officer on Friday described this navigation between a return to normality and avoiding unmitigated virus spread as a “dance”, and it’s something that the national cabinet will be discussing over the coming days.
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