Government still doesn’t know how many Australians with disability contracted Covid

Officials fail to act on disability royal commission recommendation to collect the data

The Australian government still doesn’t know how many people with disabilities have contracted Covid-19, despite a royal commission saying eight months ago that its failure to collect national data on cases was inconsistent with UN obligations.

As Sydney reels from Australia’s worst Covid outbreak since Victoria’s second wave, a second outbreak at a disability group home in Sydney’s south-west has put the focus on the risk the virus poses to the disability community, particularly given lagging vaccination rates in group homes.

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