Defence yesterday announced two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and that an entire contingent of personnel about to deploy of Operation COVID-19 Assist had been placed in precautionary self-isolation.
The two new cases were detected overseas.
In a rare statement, Defence confirmed that 12 ADF personnel remain in medical isolation at RAAF Base Wagga after attending a hotel in south-western Sydney linked to a COVID-19 outbreak cluster.
The members visited the establishment on Thursday 9 July 2020, the day before they were to deploy on tasks related to Operation COVID-19 Assist.
The 12 members were tested for COVID-19 and received negative results on the afternoon of Monday 13 July.
However, those 12 members will remain in medical isolation for 14 days at the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Wagga Wagga, in line with the directions of New South Wales Health for anyone who attended the hotel between 3-10 July 2020.
As a further precautionary measure, the remainder of the contingent travelling with the 12 was initially also directed to self-isolate, but were released after the negative test results for the initial 12.
Defence said it would take all measures to ensure it did not compromise the health of its personnel, the agencies they are supporting or the public.