Two Melbourne grandparents have died from COVID-19, just three days apart.
Carmen and Charles Micallef moved to Australia together from Malta, and although they later separated, spent decades together before their marriage ended.
Ms Micallef, 92, died on Sunday night at Glendale Aged Care while Mr Micallef, 87, who tested positive on Thursday, died this morning at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Carmen and Charles Micallef moved to Australia together from Malta, and although they later separated, spent decades together before their marriage ended. (9News)
Granddaughter Jacki Micallef said it was frightening how fast the virus could spread through facilities.
“It happened so quickly,” she told 9News.
“It is pretty scary that even with those precautions that they were taking, that it can still sort of wreak havoc in a facility.
“Ideally [my grandmother] would have had her children around her … we would have loved to be there.”
Melbourne’s aged care crisis is far from over, now engulfing 97 facilities that now include one in Traralgon, where four virus cases were recently detected.
“No country, no city with that sort of outbreak has been able to avoid substantial infections and deaths,” Health Department Secretary Professor Brendan Murphy said.
As of this evening, 657 residents and 594 staff members have tested positive, and 339 residents have had to be moved into hospitals.
A great-grandmother is fighting for her life after contracting COVID-19. (9News)
Great-grandmother Concetta Mineo, 89, is fighting for life alone in hospital after contracting COVID-19 at a virus-riddled aged care facility in Melbourne’s north-west.
She was at the Epping Gardens facility when she contracted coronavirus, and her family has taken aim at the owners of the facility.
“She’s got such a big family. and not one person is in that room with her holding her hand saying it’s going to be okay,” relative Carla Gangi said.
Aged care centres have become the centre of outbreaks. (9News)
Eleven aged care residents have died in Victoria in the past 24 hours; a total of 106 aged care residents have died from the virus.
Spiro Dimitriou’s 73-year-old father John died from COVID-19 at St Basil’s yesterday.
“I don’t think you should be treating animals like that,” he said. “For someone to die on their own…”
A formal review of the St Basil’s outbreak is now underway after it was revealed it took staff five days to notify the federal authorities it had a positive case.Beyond Blue’s Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service is a 24/7 service free of charge to all Australians. Visit the site here or call 1800 512 348.For coronavirus breaking news alerts and livestreams straight to your smartphone sign up to the 9News app and set notifications to on at the App Store or Google Play.