A city divided: COVID-19 finds a weakness in Melbourne’s social fault lines

At the Spotless industrial laundry in Melbourne’s south-east, employees sort through soiled linen by hand as it moves down a conveyor belt and into giant washing machines.

In a pandemic, when some of the sheets and pillowslips come from hospitals and aged care centres where COVID-19 is running rampant, this is frontline work.

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In late July, a number of these workers were struck down with the…

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