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Shorten calls for Vic aged care centre to be emptied amid outbreak

Menarock Life aged care facility.


We had a reader question earlier about why an ABC truck was parked outside the Menarock Life aged care facility. Here’s a little bit more for you:


The Federal MP for Maribyrnong, Bill Shorten is sounding the alarm over an outbreak of coronavirus at the Menarock Life aged care facility in his electorate, in Essendon.


Yesterday, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said there were 26 cases linked to facility, making it the biggest cluster linked to aged care in the state.


Mr Shorten’s had a briefing on the situation and said the number of cases had risen to over 30 — including 13, or 14 residents and 17 staff.


He said 14 of the 35 residents had been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for treatment.


“There’s more testing been going on so I’m worried that when we get the test results later this morning [or] early this afternoon, more of the residents [will] have been infected,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.


“Based on what I understand, I don’t know how this facility can remain open.”


Mr Shorten said the residents share bathrooms and have high-needs care requirements and social distancing was not possible.


“I think the whole place will have to be emptied,” he said.


He said the issue was being handled by the Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos and her federal counterpart the Minister for Aged Care Richard Colbeck.


” I suppose the experts on the scene will make the final call,” Mr Shorten said.

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