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More than 1000 ADF personnel to assist on the COVID-19 frontline

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More than 1000 defence personnel will arrive in Victoria in the coming days as authorities bolster military support on the state’s coronavirus front line.

More than 1000 defence personnel will arrive in Victoria in the coming days as authorities bolster military support on the state's coronavirus front line.

The ADF currently has 500 personnel in Victoria and that number is expected to grow by 800.

"By the end of the week we will have an additional 800 ADF personnel in Victoria, about 500 of those will be on the ground by Friday," Commanding Officer Malcolm Wells told Today.

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"The first 120 will be there today."

The ADF will be working across a range of areas including in the State Control Centre, the Department of Health and Human Services and assisting Victoria Police and ambulance.

The ADF will also be responsible for assisting with vital contact tracing operations and enforcing public health orders.

"This is what the ADF does and we do it very well," Mr Wells said.

"We respond where we are needed and we are very much looking forward in this instance in Victoria to getting additional numbers there supporting the Victorian Government and the people of Victoria as they need."

Mr Wells said the ADF would also be assisting the NSW government as cases continue to rise.  

"We have got 500 ADF personnel supporting Victorian police on the NSW border," he said.

"We continue our support that we have done for many months now in supporting reception of arrivals at the airport and in hotel quarantines in Sydney."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/one-thousand-adf-to-assist-vic-nsw-coronavirus-response/687bae37-4537-4163-8790-a06b5c1f0fbb

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