Saturday, October 1, 2022

Australian soldiers patrol the state border to prevent people from entering the capital

Troops will be deployed within Australia to patrol state borders to prevent people from entering the country’s capital region, amid a prolonged response to an outbreak of a CCP virus delta variant in the state of New South Wales.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is surrounded by NSW on all sides and is home to the nation’s capital, Canberra.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the Australia Defense Force would be used on the border for the first time since a large joint ACT and NSW Police compliance operation at four major entry points had stopped more than 4,000 vehicles and nearly 12 cars into the area. was trying to enter. .

“There will be boots on the ground,” Barr told reporters on Friday, adding that it had been planned for weeks.

The Saturday also marks the start of the school holidays, a popular time for ACT families to enjoy holidays on the NSW coast, so at key entry points to the ACT to prevent such travel considered illegal under public health orders. Additional police patrolling will be arranged.

“With the school holidays starting tomorrow, it’s a timely reminder that you can’t travel anywhere for vacation,” Barr said. “Unless you have an essential reason, you cannot omit the act.”

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Signage displaying lockdown information at the ACT NSW border on August 20, 2021 in Canberra, Australia. (Rohan Thomson/Getty Images)

The military deployment comes in response to Friday’s report of 30 new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.

The Act currently has 245 active cases after 341 cases have been cured. Eight cases are undergoing treatment in hospitals and require ventilation in an intensive care unit. The ACT government did not report whether co-morbidities were contributing to the need for any hospitalization.

The 30 new cases are the highest daily tally for the Act. The jurisdiction’s chief health officer, Karin Coleman, said the figure does not indicate an upward trend.

Meanwhile, in a post on Facebook, Barr reminded residents of the ACT that they can only travel through approved NSW border postcodes.

The only reason residents of ACT cross the border into NSW are either: essential work, childcare for essential workers, medical or health needs, visiting a romantic partner where two people do not live together, providing immediate compassionate care or providing assistance to a vulnerable person, and for essential animal welfare purposes.

NSW, Victoria and the ACT currently have lockdown measures in place to prevent the spread of the CCP virus. Each of their leaders has said they will not lift the ban until at least 70-80 percent of their residents are fully vaccinated.

ACT Health said more than 80 percent of Canberrans over the age of 16 have received at least their first vaccine dose, making it the second jurisdiction after NSW to reach the figure.

Health data also shows that more than 55 percent of people over 16 under the Act have been fully vaccinated, the most of any state or territory.

More than 52 percent of ACT residents who are 12 years of age and older have received two doses.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters on Friday that ACT hospitals were well prepared to handle a potential increase in admissions related to COVID-19, should there be a rise in cases after lockdown restrictions are eased. needed.

Caiden Pearson

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Caiden Pearson is a reporter based in Australia with a background in screenwriting and documentary. Contact him at [email protected]

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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