“Defence is currently managing 19 confirmed cases in the locations illustrated above.”
That’s all Defence is willing to say on that topic, updated at 9pm today.
In other new news – updated at 5pm 27 March 2020…
The Australian Defence Force is currently assisting with planning and contact tracing as part of the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Defence has prepared responses to a range of contingencies through the Emergency Management Australia-led response.
Beginning no later than midnight Saturday, the ADF will assist the states and territories in two ways:
- by supporting mandatory quarantine arrangements for air arrivals into Australia; and,
- by checking self-isolation orders are being followed in homes and residences.
The ADF will not be authorised as law enforcement officers. This is the responsibility of the states and territories.
Defence contact tracing teams are now working with authorities in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, with teams ready to support South Australia and the ACT.
15 Defence personnel are providing support to the charity Foodbank to pack hampers for New South Wales welfare services.