Virus threatens health and jobs of migrant workers in regional Australian communities

A national produce grower is checking the temperatures of its farm workers, and health services and community groups are busy translating public health messaging around the coronavirus into dozens of languages.

The National Cabinet has tasked local councils and State Governments with ensuring health requirements are enforced in worker accommodation and backpacker hostels.

However, John McLinden, the CEO of the Swan Hill Rural City Council, said in places like the north-west Victorian town of Robinvale, where the official population is likely underestimated by 5,000 people, there was only so much that could be done to stop overcrowding.

The situation is compounded by the challenge of helping those from non-English-speaking backgrounds understand critical public health messaging, with agricultural employers, health services, and community groups all playing their part.

Source: abc.net.au


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