Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

SBS News has contacted the Australian Border Force to confirm the new case.

On Friday, ABF confirmed that a third of asylum seekers at the Park Hotel – 15 out of 46 – had tested positive for coronavirus.

One of the asylum seekers inside the Park Hotel spoke to protesters via a telephone, amplified through a megaphone, saying that stress levels had escalated since the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday.

“Get us out of here, we did nothing wrong. We just came here for medical help, we asked for safety and they punish us for no reason,” he said.

“They put us under a psychological pressure that is really uncertain for us in this situation.”

Refugee activists wave to people inside the Park Hotel in Carlton.

Source: AAP

Protesters held signs calling for the release of asylum seekers detained inside the Park Hotel.

Refugee Action Collective spokesman Chris Breen said asylum seekers should be transferred to hospital or to regular hotel quarantine.

“This is ruthless indifference to the situation of the refugees in life. Our concern is that the rest of the refugees are not safe inside the hotel. It is a closed incubator and they cannot open the windows,” he said.

Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Coalition said there are problems with medical services at the hotel.

“Medical supervision is insufficient. Yet another nurse has been hired by the Border Force, but even two nurses working from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 45 people and 16 COVID-positive cases are worse than a joke. “

One asylum seeker is being treated for COVID-19 at the hospital.

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In a statement on Friday, the ABF said health services are being provided to inmates, including testing and quarantine, where positive COVID-19 cases are identified.

“Prisoners who are ill or show symptoms that include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, headache and / or shortness of breath are closely monitored by healthcare professionals and tested, quarantined and provided with appropriate medical care. . “

The ABF said vaccination has been offered to those detained in immigration since early August to those who accept it.

55 percent of those detained in immigration prisons are fully vaccinated, and 62 percent have received a vaccine dose.

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