One Australian state is now using the military to transfer people with COVID cases and their close contact to quarantine camps after an outbreak occurred in the Northern Territory.
AUSTRALIA – The army is now transferring positive Covid cases and contacts in the Northern Territories to ‘Quarantine Camps’ by army truck.
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Here’s more from The Guardian:
The Northern Territory’s Covid-19 outbreak is expected to grow beyond locked-down areas after nine new cases were detected in the remote community of Binjari, about 320km south of Darwin.
Binjari and nearby Rockhole have been placed into strict lockdown in response to the outbreak, and the Australian defence force has been called in to help with transferring positive cases and close contacts.
The NT’s chief minister, Michael Gunner, on Sunday said a 78-year-old woman was being treated in Royal Darwin hospital, while the other eight cases had been taken to the Howard Springs quarantine centre.
No new cases were confirmed on Sunday but Gunner said more should be expected in Binjari and lockdown arrangements for nearby Katherine and Robinson River were likely to be in place for several weeks.
“What has become clear to us based on the level of movement that has been happening in some communities outside of Katherine, is there is a real risk the virus has reached the connected communities further away,” he told reporters.
“Given this … we are issuing a mask mandate for communities in the West local government areas: Barunga, Daly Waters, Mataranka, Pine Creek and other areas.”
Gunner said Binjari was a “low-vaccination community” and urged people to get vaccinated against Covid.
“Binjari has a smaller population than Robinson River. Please get vaccinated, once you catch the virus that will be too late. We need you to get the vaccine now.”
Health authorities announced that five men and four women had been diagnosed in Binjari late on Saturday. It is understood the group is from several different households.
A woman from Robinson River, 1,000km south-east of Darwin, became the sixth person in her community to be diagnosed earlier on Saturday.
All 10 are Indigenous Australians aged between 17 and 78 and bring the territory’s cluster to 31 cases.
The outbreak was triggered by a 21-year-old infected woman who illegally entered the NT in late October after contracting the virus in Victoria and lying on her border entry form.
Gunner plainly said in the video that residents of Binjari and Rockhole are no longer allowed to leave their homes but “for medical treatment in an emergency or if required by law.” All this over 31 cases. Unbelievable.
Listen to how Gunner addresses those who ‘support’ people who don’t want to get the vaccine:
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Australia is an absolute COVID nightmare right now and that absolutely could come here if we don’t follow the lead of governors like DeSantis in standing up to this authoritarianism.