Hundreds of staff, army sent to battle Victoria's coronavirus crisis

Hundreds of extra workers as well as defence force members are being sent to Melbourne, as the coronavirus outbreak escalates.

Hundreds of staff, army sent to battle Victoria's coronavirus crisis

Hundreds of extra workers are being sent to Melbourne, as the coronavirus outbreak escalates.

The city will get an additional 800 federal staff to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis, as well as 70 more defence force personnel.

It includes 100 staff to help with the coordination of community engagement, 500 to help doorknocking teams in hotspots and 200 clinical staff to help with testing.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered his support to premier Daniel Andrews after the state recorded 75 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, its highest in three months.

Over the weekend more than 80 people were diagnosed.

Ten suburbs have been declared hotspots, with door-to-door testing, including with a new saliva test now rolled out.

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Overnight, the 70 Australian Defence Force medical staff arrived at Tullamarine airport, following the deployment of 40 personnel on Friday.

They will be sent to designated testing clinics around Melbourne's coronavirus hotspots with more set to open in the coming days.

Following a phone call between Mr Morrison and Mr Andrews late last night, the federal government has agreed to send in the extra staff, according to the Herald Sun.

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Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the situation is going to 'get worse before it gets better', amid a warning more and more young people are contracting the virus and the cold weather may be one factor behind the spike.

Just one case from yesterday is in hotel quarantine from overseas travel, with another 14 linked to previous cases.

A total of 37 were found through routine testing and 23 are still under investigation. A total of six are thought to be from community transmission.

Health authorities are also using the school holidays to deep clean nine schools, including two child care centres.

The government is considering locking down the suburbs where community transmission is at its highest, with a decision expected in the coming days.

Source : 9 News