Nine COVID-19 deaths amid a surge in COVID-19 cases led Australia to order a lockdown and deploy the military to enforce restriction rules.
Australian Defence Soldiers will work with other law enforcement in areas of high transmission, such as the city of Sydney, to ensure citizens are not violating the lockdown measures. For instance, enforcing a six mile travel limit and closing state borders.
The Austrailian Government’s Department of Health maintains, “We must remain vigilant to prevent a ‘second wave’ of infection as public health-related restrictions are relaxed. While the current number of COVID-19 cases in Australia is low, it is likely there are people who are unknowingly infected and could spread the virus.”
Last month, a surge in delta variant cases led the government to extend a previous lockdown from June until August 28th, 2021. At the time, FBA reported, “Three of the six Australian states, along with its three internal territories have been placed under lockdown in the last week, due to an uptick in the number of cases throughout the country and the spread of the Delta variant.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Australia has enforced meticulous lockdowns, and in February the government announced a requirement for vaccine passports to leave or enter the country.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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