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Aged care resident is found with an ANT-infested wound at coronavirus-hit home

Aged care residents are living in squalid conditions at some coronavirus-hit care homes because nurses are too overstretched to look after them properly.

A disturbing photo obtained by The Guardian shows ants crawling all over a 95-year-old woman's leg wound at a care home in Melbourne.

The woman, Milka, is seen wearing a bandage that's coated in blood. She died on Friday from an illness unrelated to coronavirus.

Aged care residents are living in squalid conditions at some coronavirus-hit care homes because nurses are too overstretched to look after them properly (file picture)

The photos were taken on Tuesday at the home that was at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak a few weeks ago.

Milka's family don't blame staff at care home and say they are simply too overstretched by the virus to provide proper care. 

Several members of staff fell ill when coronavirus hit the care home at the end of July and no one could come in to replace them.

Workers told The Guardian that some residents were going without food and water for as long as 18 hours and that rooms were not clean.

Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck said the images were 'heartbreaking and absolutely unacceptable'.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week apologised about the outbreak of coronavirus in aged care homes.

'The sad truth is, some days, we fall short. And other days, we don't,' Mr Morrison said on Friday. 

The majority of Victoria's coronavirus deaths have been aged care residents. 

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