Public health workers have been sent door-to-door in Melbourne’s hotspot suburbs without receiving protective masks, according to a shocking video.
Hundreds of door knockers came through the streets of 36 suburbs in the city this week to hand out information and assess people for possible flu-like symptoms.
Victoria is currently experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 and 10 zip codes were again severely closed this week by Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
Andrews also ordered a door-to-door blitz to limit the outbreak.
But shocking video filmed by a local show shows knocker revealing that they shouldn’t receive protective masks yet despite coming face to face with up to 4,000 people every day.
Public health workers have been sent door-to-door in Melbourne’s hotspot suburbs without wearing protective masks, a shocking video shows
The images show a couple from Melbourne driving along a street corner where two dozen health workers are standing.
‘What are you doing?’ the woman can be heard asking an employee.
“We are collecting the information on COVID-19,” replied the man, showing off his COVID-19 Public Health staff badge.
“The Victorian government wants us to let them know about people’s circumstances, what the symptoms are and encourage them to take the test,” his colleague said.
While the couple continues to drive through the suburbs, they encounter another group of health workers.
The man pulls up again and asks the group why they don’t distance themselves socially and then asks them why they don’t wear masks.
“Excuse me, can you tell me where your mask is? Why don’t you wear a mask? the man asks.
“We don’t have masks,” admits the health worker.
Hundreds of door knockers came through the streets of 36 suburbs in the city this week to hand out information and assess people for possible flu-like symptoms
Nearly 30,000 tests are conducted every day in Victoria, with the government desperately trying to eliminate the risk of the outbreak spreading outside Melbourne (photo)
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 8,066
New South Wales: 3,211
Western Australia: 611
South Australia: 443
Australian Capital Territory: 108
Northern Territory: 30
TOTAL CASES: 8,066
CURRENT ACTIVE CASES: 458
“Didn’t the government give them to you?” the man asks again.
“Yes, we didn’t receive (a mask), but I hope we’ll get them from tomorrow,” said the health worker.
Three levels of teams are sent into the streets of Melbourne: community teams, knock teams and qualified health teams managing the swabs.
In a statement to Daily Mail Australia, a spokesman for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services said that only those “collection bars are required to wear personal protective equipment.”
“All employees working on our Suburban Testing Blitz will receive safety briefings prior to their shift – including instructions on physical distance and hand washing, as well as access to hand sanitizer,” said the spokesperson.
Only those who are directly involved in collecting cotton swabs should wear PPE. They come with masks, gloves and jackets to keep them safe and follow strict safety protocols when they come in contact with residents. ‘
Prime Minister Andrews said this week that the state was “ on the cutting edge ” amid reports that many people in the hotspot suburbs refused to get tested.
The Labor leader said he believes many have reversed the tests because they fear being forced to take time off work and face financial difficulties.
“If someone knocks on your door and says,” I have a test kit for you, “your only answer should be yes,” Mr. Andrews told The Project.
“I think you need to understand why that is the answer.
“I think there are people who don’t have access to payment, whether it’s sick pay or vacation pay.
“Their economic conditions may be very uncertain, and the idea of not working for two days while waiting for your test result can be a major challenge.
“That’s why we essentially introduced an unpaid hardship payment, a $ 1,500 payment to deal with that, perhaps as a discouragement from being tested.”
Humans took samples while testing for COVID-19 in a Melbourne suburban park (pictured Wednesday)