Australia’s military was called in Wednesday to tackle a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne, a surge in infections that has rattled the country’s second-most populous city.
Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, has recorded double-digit increases in new daily cases for more than a week, mostly in the state capital Melbourne.
The new clusters have emerged at Melbourne’s Stamford Plaza Hotel, which is being used to quarantine citizens returning from overseas, an H&M clothing store in the city’s north, and within extended families in a couple of suburbs.
Victoria on Father’s Day extended its state of emergency for four more weeks to July 19 to battle a sizeable spike in cases in a country that has otherwise successfully curbed COVID-19.
Australia’s Health Minister Greg Hunt said the federal government had offered the army’s support to respond to the virus outbreak, while four other states had offered help with contact tracing.