Coronavirus: Australia sends 1,000 army personnel to Victoria to fight outbreak

Coronavirus: Australia sends 1,000 army personnel to Victoria to fight outbreak

The surge in Victoria has alarmed other states, which have had few, if any, new cases for several weeks.

Despite the spike in cases in Victoria, the neighboring state of New South Wales (NSW) said it would not introduce a hard border closure between the states.

Some 20,000 tests were carried out in the first 24 hours of the effort, state Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen said on Friday.

'One of those cases is quite clearly associated with a large outbreak at Keilor Downs, so we do have a very clear source of acquisition for that, ' she said.

Those personnel will assist Victoria in enforcing a 14-day quarantine requirement imposed on all Australians and permanent residents returning from overseas.

Up to 850 ADF members will provide support to hotel quarantine monitoring, while around 200 personnel will provide logistical and medical support for public testing initiatives.

In a media statement released on June 25, Andrews said the ADF personnel would provide planning and logistics support to the state government, including the transportation of pathology samples interstate if necessary.

'We are finalising our plans for hotel quarantine, including any additional roles the ADF might be able to play'.

Australia has so far escaped a high number of casualties from the new coronavirus, with slightly more than 7,500 infections and 103 deaths, aided by strict lockdown measures and physical distancing rules.

Between these to reportedly check constructive was a cleaner at Melbourne's Flinders St Station.

"The first three days are exclusively focused on Keilor Downs and Broadmeadows, but we will move to the balance of those suburbs over the course of a 10-day period", Premier Daniel Andrews mentioned yesterday.

He said the government was striving to test 50 per cent of residents in both suburbs over the next three days.

Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Maidstone, Albanvale, Sunshine West, Hallam, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham all have higher prices of local community transmission.

"People are going to be knocking on your door and they are going to be asking you to get tested".

Of the 33 new cases, seven are returned travellers, nine are linked to known and contained outbreaks, six emerged after routine testing and the origin of another 11 cases are under investigation.

Local community engagement in the nearby government regions of Brimbank, Casey, Cardinia, Darebin, Hume and Moreland has also been ramped up after they have been recognized as coronavirus hotspots.

Australia's second most populous state is deploying ambulances and mobile test centres in a coronavirus testing blitz, and will use the military in quarantine operations, as the country recorded the biggest daily rise in cases in two months.

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