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Federal Government Pledges $1.4 Billion on COVID as Aged Care Outbreaks Continue

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The federal government has revealed it is spending an extra $1.4 billion to help health workers and the aged care sector cope with the pandemic.

The bulk of the funding goes to aged care to support programs such as on-site PCR testing and the provision of rapid antigen tests.

While the health sector has welcomed the funding, there are fears it will only last until the end of December.

With fears of a new wave of COVID that could develop in the northern hemisphere winter, there are calls to clarify whether funding will be extended next year.

The funding announcement was welcomed by the aged care sector, where COVID outbreaks remain a major challenge.

Association of Older People and Health Professionals chief executive Paul Sadler told the AM Program that as of Friday last week there had been 270 active outbreaks.

“It’s still a very active response to the pandemic that we have in aged care right now,” he said.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-09-19/federal-government-commits-to-billion-dollar-covid-spend/101453034

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