Royal commission hears disabled people were overlooked during COVID-19 planning | ABC News

In Australia, a royal commission has heard that disabled people were overlooked during initial Covid-19 planning.

A federal inquiry has heard the disability community was overlooked during early planning for COVID-19. Witnesses have told the disability royal commission they went without food, medication and essential support, with one witness saying her support worker failed to show up due to being exposed to coronavirus.

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In This Story: COVID-19

Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
  • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
  • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

Latest News about Covid-19

Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

5 Recent Items: COVID-19

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