Australia Calls in Military After Virus Surge

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.


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