Two grandparents from Melbourne have died from COVID-19, just three days apart.
Carmen and Charles Micallef moved from Malta to Australia together, and though separated later, they spent decades together until their marriage ended.
Ms Micallef, 92, died at Glendale Aged Care on Sunday night while Mr Micallef, 87, who tested positively on Thursday, died at Royal Melbourne Hospital this morning.
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 encompassing 97 facilities which now include one in Traralgon, where four cases of virus have recently been identified.
“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.
657 residents and 594 staff members have tested positive as of
this evening, and 339 residents have needed to be transferred to hospitals.