The Australian Military’s been called in to help Victoria control a coronavirus outbreak, with hundreds of troops deployed from today.
It comes after the state recorded 128 new cases within the past week alone, with a death sadly recorded yesterday as well.
The state’s active cases have skyrocketed from 58 to 143 in the past eight days.
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It’s also been revealed that around 33 staff who’d been working at the quarantine hotels have been infected.
Health officials are now investigating whether those cases have lead to the other outbreaks.
Testing rates have been ramped up, particularly around hotspots, with over 20,000 people tested every day.
Public health workers are even door knocking thousands of homes to make sure no cases go undetected.
As many as 1,000 troops are on their way, along with assistance from health authorities in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.
It’s understood 850 personnel will assist with quarantine support at hotels, while another 200 or so will help with logistics.
Medical personnel will be helping with testing.
The Defence Minister Linda Reynolds told The Today Show that they’ll continue to provide whatever support is needed to get help the state get a handle on things.
“Defence has been providing support to Victoria since April and I’m pleased we’re able to rapidly increase our assistance to help Victoria respond to its current COVID-19 circumstances.
“The COVID-19 pandemic requires a proactive national response and Defence is well postured to provide scalable support to states and territories,” Minister Reynolds said.