The Australian government has approved the deployment of 1,000 Australian Defense Forces (ADF) forces in the state of Victoria to curb the outbreak of coronavirus cases, Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday.
“These will add to the 350 that are usually on site,” said the minister, who has said that the military will perform various functions and will assist the police at checkpoints, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper said.
As previously explained, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has worked with Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy to implement a package of support measures for the State of Victoria.
Victoria registered 177 new cases this Monday, although Department of Health director Brett Sutton warned that they had not yet peaked in this second wave of cases.
The authorities have indicated that 72 people stay in hospital for the coronavirus, 17 of them in intensive care, at a time when there are 1,612 active infections in the state.