Australian Defence Force to Come Knocking on Vic Doors

July 24, 2020 Updated: July 24, 2020

Victorians who test positive for COVID-19 could get a knock on their door from the military if they don’t pick up contract tracers’ phone calls.

Contact tracing will be dramatically expanded with the help of the Australian Defence Force to ensure all positive cases are contacted within 24 hours of receiving their test result.

Those who have tested positive to COVID-19 will receive two telephone calls in a two-hour period and if they don’t pick up, ADF personnel and members of the health department will arrive at their door to undertake contact tracing in person.

“This is about going that extra step to make sure that we cannot just call, but we can connect and have that meaningful interaction,” Premier Daniel Andrews said on July 24.

Fines will likely be issued to people who are not at home.

Victoria recorded 300 new COVID-19 cases on Friday as well the death of seven people aged in their 80s and 90s.

Andi Yu in Melbourne