COVID-19 spike hits Defence over long weekend

Defence was hit by a relatively large spike of new and unexplained confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Adding five new cases to their running total, Defence news sites were updated on Tuesday 9 June to show a total of 53 confirmed cases.

This was an increase of five from the 48 cases reported on Friday 5 June, which had held firm over the long weekend (though, presumably because of the absence of reporting staff).

CONTACT has no idea where the new cases came from, however, because Defence’s ‘handy’ little map with location dots was AWOL on Tuesday.

It did return to work on Wednesday, however, albeit displaying distinct signs of a hangover – showing only 47 confirmed cases!

In other words, the five newbies were not accounted for, and one (which was there on Friday and for weeks before) has inexplicably disappeared from the Melbourne tally.

The same 45 cases registered as ‘recovered’ earlier have not changed.

BTW, Defence’s Operation COVID-19 Assist is currently reported to stand at 900 personnel deployed – down from its peak of about 2400 – although all figures associated with this statement are even more questionable and/or spurious, and only reportable for their comic-relief entertainment value 🙂

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Brian Hartigan

Managing Editor Contact Publishing Pty Ltd PO Box 3091 Minnamurra NSW 2533 AUSTRALIA

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