Councils in Australias NSW Get $395 Million, State Virus Toll Rises to 36

New South Waless CCP virus death toll now stands at 36 after a sixth resident died at a western Sydney aged care home where almost 50 people have been infected.

The New South Wales government, meanwhile, has provided almost $400 million (US$256 million) to local councils across the state for community infrastructure projects and wage bill relief.

The 83-year-old man, who resided at Newmarch House in Caddens, died on the morning of April 25, operator Anglicare Sydney said.

This follows the death of a 96-year-old woman on April 24, a woman in her late 70s on April 23 and earlier fatalities of a woman and two men all aged in their 90s.

The facility is the states largest ongoing cluster, with some 31 of the almost 100 residents having been infected as well as 17 staff members.

An aged care worker at a healthcare facility in the Blue Mountains also tested positive for coronavirus, one of 12 new cases confirmed in NSW on April 25.

The worker from Catholic Healthcare Bodington had not been at the aged care home within 48 hours of showing symptoms, Channel 7 reported.

NSW Health said no other positive cases had been confirmed at the facility.

The total number of confirmed cases in NSW is 2,994, more than 44 percent of Australias total number of cases at 6,695. Some 19 people are in intensive care in NSW.

The majority of NSW confirmed cases have been found in people aged 20 to 29, with 635 positive tests making up more than 21 percent of the states total cases.

As part of the council stimulus package, the NSW government on Sunday pledged an additional $250 million in low-cost loans to spur community infrastructure investment and also more than $110 million on a job-retention fund for council workers.

The “Council Job Retention Allowance” of $1,500 per fortnight would be paid for up to three months to eligible staff in the NSW local government sector.

Council workers were not granted access to the federal governments JobKeeper program.

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