Refugees lodge formal complaint for COVID-19 safe spaces

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Detention centres are not COVID-19 safe. Image by Wikimedia Commons

Yesterday, 14 refugees formally complained to the Commonwealth Ombudsman to urgently inspect the detention centres and hotels where refugees are located.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the group of refugees complain about lack of space to observe physical distancing and have safe practices to avoid a coronavirus outbreak. Some of the refugees have chronic health conditions such as heart conditions and diabetes.

The best way to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak is that refugees are within the community, according to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

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