Federal Government commits a further $540M to fight off COVID-19

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Greg Hunt, Minister for Health and Aged Care, has announced a further $540 million to battle COVID-19, including measures to keep aged care residents and workers safe.

Mr Hunt, who will retire from politics at the next election, said the Federal Government has committed more than $33 billion in additional health spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Part of the $492 million will be spent on:

  • The Aged Care Preparedness Support Measures Extension;
  • The Victorian Aged Care Response Centre (VACRC);
  • Support for Aged Care Workers in COVID-19 Program (SACWIC);
  • COVID-19 pathology testing in aged care, and
  • Aged Care: RAD Loan Scheme.

At 8am on 3 December, there were 191 active cases (127 residents and 64 staff) of COVID-19 related to residential aged care across 28 residential aged care facilities, with another significant fall in cases from a week ago. 192 residents have died of COVID-19 from 541 residential aged care homes with outbreaks since 1 January, according to the latest Federal Government data.

At 3 December, 84% of residential aged care facilities have had no cases of COVID-19.