Defence cops another COVID-19 case in Melbourne

Defence has clocked up it 83rd confirmed case of COVID-19 – the 17th in Melbourne.

And, since Melbourne is now and by far worse than any other Australian city, we have to speculate that that this and at least several others have been contracted while working to help the community on Operation COVID-19 Assist.

But, of course, we can only speculate, for as long as Defence persists with its information vacuum.

Meanwhile, the number of ADF actually on Operation COVID-19 Assist tasking in Victoria has slipped, by just seven, since we last reported two days ago.

The total number on task in Victoria is now 1151, with 1762 actually allocated to the state – which Defence explains as “Personnel in Joint Task Group headquarters, supporting roles, and those preparing for tasks are included in overall state-based figures but are not captured in the list of tasks“.

On task in Victoria

  • 500 ADF personnel are providing support to the Department of Health and Human Services contact tracing and community engagement efforts.
  • 251 personnel are involved in medical testing initiatives.
  • 146 personnel are supporting Victoria Police checkpoints.
  • 85 personnel are assisting in other logistics roles, including the Police Assistance Line call centre in Ballarat.
  • 169 personnel are providing support to the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre.

And another thing – this information was added to Defence’s “Latest Updates” page sometime after 8.38am on 20 August (when we last took a screenshot as proof), but is clearly annotated in red “Wednesday, August 19, 2020 – 15:15“.

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