Healthcare professionals have co-signed a letter to the home affairs minister calling for the immediate release of refugees and asylum seekers in detention.
More than 1100 doctors, psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals have demanded the immediate release of people in Australia's immigration centres.
David Isaacs, a paediatric infectious diseases professor at the University of Sydney, penned the letter to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
Professor Isaacs wants refugees and asylum seekers released into community-supported accommodation.
"Failure to take action to release people seeking asylum and refugees from detention will not only put them at greater risk of infection and possibly death," he wrote.
"It also risks placing a greater burden on wider Australian society and the health care system."
The letter is co-signed by 1183 doctors, psychiatrists, professors and other healthcare workers.
Professor Isaacs said detention centres and hotels being used after people were transferred from Manus Island and Nauru under medevac laws were high-risk for coronavirus.
A Brisbane immigration detention guard tested positive for the disease last month, sparking fears the virus could spread throughout the centre.
"We call for the release of people seeking asylum and refugees in detention immediately into the community, as the correct measure to take from both a humanitarian and public health perspective," the letter said.
The Department of Home Affairs has been contacted for comment.
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