Calls for asylum seekers to be freed from detention after Melbourne guard tests positive for Covid

Calls for asylum seekers to be freed from detention after Melbourne guard tests positive for Covid

Australian İmmigration And Asylum, Australia News

9/6/2021 11:53:00 AM

Calls for asylum seekers to be freed from detention after Melbourne guard tests positive for Covid

Jeroen Wiemar downplayed the potential for spread at the Broadmeadows facility but advocates fear serious outbreak

Last modified on Mon 6 Sep 2021 09.52 BSTAsylum seeker advocates are calling for people held in immigration detention to be released into the community after Victorian health officials revealed a guard at a facility inMelbournehad tested positive for Covid-19.

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Victoria’s Covid commander, Jeroen Wiemar, on Sunday confirmed at least one coronavirus case at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accomodation centre in Broadmeadows in Melbourne’s north.But Wiemar downplayed the potential for spread at the detention centre, stating the guard worked outside and had no contact within the facility with staff or people at the centre.

Refugee advocates said they have heard of a second guard at the facility who may also have tested positive for Covid, and between 35 and 45 staff were now isolating after being identified as close contacts. Australian Border Force (ABF) has not responded to requests to confirm those figures. headtopics.com

Read moreSadaf Ismail, detention rights advocacy program manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, said the asylum seekers held in the centre had been told by ABF about the case, but had not been offered any testing. Ismail said some were only offered their first dose of the vaccine last week.

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“Most of the clients who are in those detention centres … they were medically evacuated for other health reasons,” she said.Ismail said she was not comforted by the idea that the guard worked outdoors.“They do interact … you know how transmissible Delta is. It’s also been reported the guard let people in and out [of the centre] … so the guards do have a lot of interaction with the clients.”

Q&AWhere can I get vaccinated in Australia?ShowThe majority of Australians aged 18 and over are now eligible for a Covid vaccination if they are willing to consider the AstraZeneca vaccine, and provided they do not have a history of specific health conditions.

In addition to the government’s official eligibility checker, which lists some clinics near your location which might have vaccination appointments available, there are a number of other helpful resources that can help you to find somewhere that has appointments open. headtopics.com

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