The COVID-19 crisis in vulnerable Indigenous communities

The Central Land Council, one of Australia’s most powerful Aboriginal land councils, has called for a lockdown in central Australia as coronavirus spreads through vulnerable Indigenous communities.

There are currently 95 people in Northern Territory hospitals with the COVID-19. About 90 per cent of them are Aboriginal.

Just over half the Indigenous population in the Northern Territory has received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, but growing case numbers in Aboriginal communities have prompted the Central Land Council to accuse the NT government of failing Central Australia.

According to the Department of Health people in remote communities are more at risk from Coronavirus due to the prevalence of other health issues and the limited access to services.

Today on Please Explain, Indigenous affairs reporter Cameron Gooley joins Nathanael Cooper to look at the outbreak in central Australia.

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