Thankfully, the Australian Defence Force only added one more case of COVID-19 to its running total today, this time in Adelaide.
This comes after they had to issue two updates yesterday, with a total of three new cases added to the list – one in Adelaide, one in Sydney and one somewhere north of Sydney, possibly Newcastle [it’s hard to say from a small dot on a small map].
Defence is providing a range of logistical and personnel support in response to COVID-19, yet despite the ‘daily update’ page being updated at 9am this morning, nothing [that I could see] was actually changed.
Given that many of the below line items are days old, one would hope and expect they things have actually changed on the ground.
- Defence has established contact tracing teams to work with the authorities in New South Wales and Queensland with teams ready to support the remaining states and territories.
- Defence is providing reconnaissance and planning support teams to all state and territory governments.
- Defence has established the three-star-led COVID-19 taskforce to coordinate Defence’s contribution to whole-of-government efforts and manage its people.
- Defence established support to Emergency Management Australia-led (EMA) planning for the National Communicable Disease Incidence of National Significance Plan in response to COVID-19.
- Defence established support to the Department of Health with logistics and specialist staff.
- Defence provided health, logistics and movements support to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Border Force repatriation and care of Australian Nationals on Christmas Island and Howard Springs via RAAF bases Learmonth and Darwin.
- Defence has been supplying clinical and epidemiological support to the Department of Health National Incident Room since early February 2020.
- Defence provided a small team of highly qualified engineering maintenance specialists to a surgical face mask factory in Lemnos, Victoria until supplementary civilian workers can be recruited.
- The Australian Defence Force is providing logistics, communications and medic support to the NT Police at three Northern Territory border control locations.
- The logistics support is focused on catering and other sustainment operations for the NT Police in the remote locations.
- The communications support will assist police data and voice transmission in the remote locations with limited reception.
- The medic support will assist police in health screening individuals at border control locations.
- Defence personnel are not involved in the enforcement of border controls.