Victoria pledges to 'double efforts' to reach multicultural communities in virus hotspots

Multicultural groups have welcomed a pledge from Victoria’s Health Minister to increase its efforts to provide in-language coronavirus support as Melbourne grapples with a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Victoria’s government says the recent rise in case numbers has come from large family gatherings.

In response, health authorities will ramp up testing in those areas and also increase messaging to Victorians from diverse backgrounds.

"We want to make sure that everyone in the state understands the public health messaging,” Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told a press conference.

“We acknowledge the challenges in some communities for whom English may not be their first language in understanding the public health messaging, and this is why we are going to double our efforts in working with those communities.”

Victoria's state health department said coronavirus information has been translated into 53 languages, and advertisements had been run in 22 languages. 

"We're continuing to hold community roundtables to help understand diverse community experiences during the pandemic and to explore further opportunities for advice and education," a spokesman said.

"We have also started broader community engagement and education today through outreach, doorknocks and calls in coronavirus hotspot areas, which will be delivered appropriately for culturally and linguistically diverse communities."



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