Coronavirus: Rest homes, retirement villages plead for national aged care response plan

3/03/2020  

 

The aged care sector is urgently asking health authorities to coordinate a national response to the coronavirus threat.

Rest homes and retirement villages could be especially vulnerable in the event of an outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, with large groups of elderly and possibly unwell people living in close proximity.

So far death rates from the virus have been highest among elderly people. According to China's Centre for Disease Control, of those aged 60-69 who were infected, 3.6 per cent have died. For people aged 70-79 it's 8 per cent, and for those aged 80+ it's 14.8 per cent.

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