On 28 March Defence issued an unusual (as much for its contents as for it being a Sunday) statement, which read – “On 27 March 2021, an Australian Defence Force (ADF) member who arrived in Darwin on a routine Defence sustainment flight from the Middle East Region returned a positive result for COVID-19 during arrival testing at the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility.
“The member is being treated at the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility, where they will complete their mandatory quarantine. The member has had no contact with the general Northern Territory community.
“All ADF members are subject to the same screening and quarantine requirements as any other international arrival in Australia, including testing prior to departing for Australia and the need to return a negative COVID-19 test result before exiting quarantine.
“All other personnel on the flight will be tested during quarantine, in accordance with standard procedure.
“The safety and health of all ADF personnel remains Defence’s top priority. For privacy reasons, Defence will not comment further.”
CONTACT presumes this to be Defence’s 180th case.
On Monday or Tuesday (we weren’t paying attention), Defence updated its COVID-19 daily updates page to add five new cases – the above plus four more.
All were allocated to the ‘overseas’ sub total, including the one above detected in Howard Springs.
This brings Defence’s total case load to 184 – of which 155 are accounted for as ‘overseas’ cases.
Three were added to the ‘recovered’ list, bringing that total to 173.