Sat. May 21st, 2022

“Omicron has reduced the workforce by more than 20 percent across the disability, homeless and elderly care sectors.”

Sir. Glasson said the impact of this pandemic had not been shared equally: and the poor, the people experiencing homelessness and the elderly, had borne the bulk of it.

Deaths due to COVID-19 in 2020 were nearly four times higher among people in the lowest socioeconomic group compared to the highest, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Charities in WA had been preparing for increased demand for emergency and food aid after Feb. 5 from casual and contract workers when their income was suddenly reduced from having to be isolated or from having their employers shut down due to staff shortages.

Anglicare WA CEO Mark Glasson.

Anglicare WA CEO Mark Glasson.

“By keeping our borders closed for a while longer, we can ensure that the systems, resources and staff are in place to protect our vulnerable, elderly, homeless, disabled and single parents without support when children become ill,” says Glasson . said.

“We can ensure that there is ample access to rapid antigen testing and personal protective equipment to maintain a strong frontline workforce to support all Western Australians from all walks of life.

“We look forward to working in partnership with the McGowan Government to prepare our social services system to be ready for the return of COVID-19 to society.

“Western Australia will eventually reopen … continuing in a gradual and staged manner – while frustrating for some – will ensure a safe transition for many more.”

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At his press conference on Friday, Prime Minister McGowan said over the past two years that the government had made several decisions regarding COVID-19, and although not all of them had been perfect, many had worked.

“In terms of keeping the state safe and keeping people’s lives intact and keeping people in employment and stopping some of the achievements that have happened around the world, we have done better than most,” he said.

“I do not think it is well understood: in Western Australia, after acquiring the virus in Western Australia, we have had a person who has passed away. There are not many places in the world that can say that; practically; spoken no one else, in fact, and so it has been a good health result.

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“In terms of financial results … [we have] 3.4 percent unemployment, the strongest job growth, strongest economic growth, strongest retail spending, strongest investment anywhere in the world, best set of public finances anywhere in the world. So when you get the settings right, you can do good things in the state.

“And because we did all that, we have managed to support the Commonwealth. Look at their economy … if Western Australia had not been open, their economy would be … even worse.”

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