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NSW records multiple new coronavirus outbreaks in care centers for the elderly and disabled en

NSW records of coronavirus outbreaks in aged and disabled care centers – highlighting the danger posed by the troubled national vaccine rollout

  • Unvaccinated employees of retirement homes returned positive Covid tests
  • Five people from a disabled group home have also tested positive in NSW
  • The disability group is Unisson Disability in Parklea, Sydney’s northwest noordwesten
  • Two nursing homes are The Palms in Kirrawee and Japara Corymbia in Belrose

Three unvaccinated employees at two NSW retirement homes have tested positive for coronavirus.

Five people in a group home for the disabled have also tested positive for Covid-19, highlighting the dangers of the bungled vaccine roll-out in both vulnerable sectors.

The three disabled residents and two infected staff members had received only one dose of a vaccine, despite being included in the highest priority group for immunization.

It is the first known outbreak in a residential group for the disabled.

Five people in a group home for the disabled in Sydney's North West in Parklea (pictured) have tested positive for Covid

Five people in a group home for the disabled in Sydney’s North West in Parklea (pictured) have tested positive for Covid

The Palms in Kirrawee, south Sydney, was one of two nursing homes affected by the Covid outbreak in NSW

The Palms in Kirrawee, south Sydney, was one of two nursing homes affected by the Covid outbreak in NSW

The Palms in Kirrawee, south Sydney, was one of two nursing homes affected by the Covid outbreak in NSW

The second aged care facility was Japara Corymbia in Belrose, on Sydney's northern beaches - the outbreak is now under investigation by officials from NSW Health

The second aged care facility was Japara Corymbia in Belrose, on Sydney's northern beaches - the outbreak is now under investigation by officials from NSW Health

The second aged care facility was Japara Corymbia in Belrose, on Sydney’s northern beaches – the outbreak is now under investigation by officials from NSW Health

NSW public health officials have been investigating the outbreak to ensure others have been tested, isolated and cared for at Unisson Disability in Parklea.

The two nursing homes affected by the latest outbreak were The Palms in Kirrawee, in Sydney’s south, and Japara Corymbia in Belrose, on Sydney’s northern beaches.

All other employees and residents of the two Sydney facilities have since been tested for coronavirus.

Earlier on Thursday, NSW registered 124 new Covid-19 cases after a record day of testing in Sydney, 48 of which are infectious in the community and 57 have yet to be linked to known clusters.

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that despite efforts to restrict movement in the Fairfield LGA in the south-west of the city, health officials found high levels of ‘spillover’ of the highly contagious Delta variant in neighboring Canterbury-Bankstown and Liverpool regions.

The 124 cases were detected from 85,185 tests until 8 p.m. Wednesday night, most conducted in a single 24-hour period across the state during the entire pandemic.

The spike in cases is highest during Sydney’s latest outbreak; the last time so many infections were found in NSW in one day was during the first wave in April last year.

Of the new locally acquired cases, 54 were found in southwestern Sydney (43 percent) and a further 40 (32 percent) in the west of the city in a worrying sign that authorities have been unable to contain the outbreak.

Greater Sydney has now been in strict home isolation for nearly four weeks in a desperate attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

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