CONTACT was thankful earlier today when ADF’s COVID-19 running total only went up by one in a 2pm update – only to see it increase again two hours later.
“Defence is currently managing 16 confirmed cases in the locations illustrated above,” Defence’s 4pm update said.
The illustration above, we presume indicates that the second of today’s two new cases is at Newcastle.
The first, added at 2pm, was in Adelaide.
For clarity, however, these town names are offered to you by CONTACT, interpreting the dots on the map. Defence hasn’t named any of the actual locations.
The only information Defence offers is the one statement “Defence is currently managing 16 confirmed cases in the locations illustrated above” – delivered exactly the same in each update, except for the change to running-total number.
Sadly, Defence offers no other news about its COVID-19 cases – no news on how infected members are faring, no news on whether anyone needed hospitalisation (and if they did, was it in a military or a civilian facility), no news on what Defence is doing to look after infected members or their worried families.
Those are some of the non-intrusive, reassuring dot points we wish Defence would offer. If you would like to know more, please let us know and we’ll ask them – firstname.lastname@example.org, or in the comments below.
In the mean time, Defence’s only public information on this subject is the running total and the map – which we can’t even read with surety. For example, is that dot south of Sydney supposed to be at Nowra, Jervis Bay – or even Bateman’s Bay? I don’t know and Defence hasn’t said.
Whinge aside – our sincere thoughts and best wishes go out to all affected ADF members for a speedy and full recovery.
And to their families.
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