Apostolis Barbousas is the most recent victim of the Covid-19 tragedy that has hit our community.
The 79-year-old died on Sunday noon from coronavirus complications at St. Basil’s according to what his son Nikolas, told Neos Kosmos.
Another Greek Australian man, 92-year-old Theodoros Makridis passed away on Saturday.
The deceased was admitted to St. Basil’s aged care three weeks ago. Up until yesterday it was unclear whether his death was caused by a coronavirus infection.
At this stage, St. Basil’s counts eight residents’ lives lost to Covid-19 out of the 12 Greek Australians that passed away in Melbourne due to the virus’s complications in total.
According to information provided to Neos Kosmos, St Basil’s is currently hosting 120 residents of which 71 have tested positive for Coronavirus.
Meanwhile, 21 staff members have also been infected with one employee in intensive care. Several residents of the nursing home are also hospitalised a representative of the Health Ministry verified. A team of health-care specialists and doctors has been dispatched at St. Basil’s to help evaluate and contain the situation.
According to the families of the diceased, St. Basil’s should be held accountable as staff members were not abibing by protective regulations.
The nursing home’s chairman Konstantinos Kontis responded to allegations with an open letter posted online.
In the meantime, Federal Government officials have taken over with relatives arguing that communication with residents has gotten worse.
Ivan Rukavina told Neos Kosmos that his 86-year-old mother Marija, who is a resident tested positive last Monday and he has had no information regarding her whereabouts.