Local Moreland outbreaks reinforce need for virus vigilance

Tuesday 23 June, 2020: Significant outbreaks in Moreland have shown there is no place for complacency as we continue to battle Covid-19.

A family cluster in Coburg and today’s closure of Brunswick East Primary School for deep cleaning following a confirmed case are timely reminders that the Coronavirus is still a threat to our community.

Federal Member for Wills Peter Khalil has reached out to Brunswick East Primary School following its closure this morning to offer his support and assistance to the school and the community.

Mr Khalil notes the disappointing fact that “some members of our community have flouted self-isolation directives, however most people are doing the right thing and we have been tremendously successful in flattening the curve.

“Right now, we must all be thinking of not only our own health, but the health and livelihoods of everyone around us. If you are sick, you must stay home and self- isolate.

“While the health implications of Covid-19 spreading are extremely serious, so are the economic impacts, I know it is a tough time for workers and businesses in our community.

“Small businesses had made plans, ordered more stock, added more shifts, so that they could re-open to more customers and this is a difficult set back. It highlights the need for ongoing economic support from the Federal Government.”

The Victorian Labor Government’s recent announcement of a one-off $1,500 payment for workers who cannot rely on sick leave is a welcome move to support workers and curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Workers, the ACTU and Labor have all been calling for casual leave provisions since the start of the pandemic. Victorians who are sick should not be forced with the choice of staying home or making a living,” Mr Khalil said.

Peter Khalil’s office is open and ready to assist the community in any way possible during this challenging time: peter.khalil.mp@aph.gov.au / 03 9350 5777.


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