Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 1 minute 22 seconds1m 22s 1,000 more ADF members to help Victoria contain COVID-19ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelA 1,000-strong Australian Defence Force (ADF) contingent will be sent to Victoria to help with the state's coronavirus response, Health Minister Greg Hunt says.Key points:The Federal Government will send 1,000 Defence personnel to Victoria to assist with the coronavirus responseThe military will assist with testing, enforcing isolation and manning checkpointsMillions of face masks will also be sent to Victoria from the national medical stockpileThe deployed ADF members will assist with border checkpoints, testing and enforcing isolation.The additional support builds on the 350 ADF members already assisting efforts to fight the virus in the state."Those final roles will be determined in conjunction with the Victorian Government but they'll help meet the state's needs," Mr Hunt said."How they deploy them is a matter for them, but as I've indicated it does include checkpoints, isolation, testing, and potentially follow-up with regards to cases that have been identified."Coronavirus live: Follow all the latest information in our live blog.Earlier today, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the details of how the ADF members would assist were still being worked out."We're in constant discussions whether it be Commonwealth public servants, ADF staff, anybody that can assist us regardless of what uniform they wear," he said.Mr Andrews said Victoria had a number of request for assistance that were slowly being worked through."That does take time, you can't stand these things up in a matter of hours," he said.Mr Hunt also announced 5 million facemasks would be released from the national medical stockpile, 4 million of which would go to the aged and home care sector, with the rest going to primary healthcare providers.He said the release of masks would ensure the demand for personal protective equipment in the state would be met."We know that our aged care homes are an area of risk," he said.The Acting Commander of Defence's COVID-19 taskforce, Major General Paul Kenny, said the offer was made by the Federal Government over the weekend.He said the final details of what the personnel would do was still being worked out."We expect that over the next few days, we'll get better clarity from the Victorian authorities," he said."Our teams are working very closely to work out what options are available and then we'll take a few days for our personnel to deploy down to Victoria."Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 2 minutes 45 seconds2m 45s Major General Paul Kenny says there has been a 'rapid increase' in defence supportHundreds of personnel already on the groundIn late June, the Federal Government initially offered similar ADF support to Victoria, however it only accepted a few hundred personnel.Around the country hundreds of troops have been deployed to assist states and territories in responding to coronavirus. About 350 ADF members are already working in Victoria.(ABC News)In various states they have been used to bolster hotel quarantine operations, assist with contact tracing and checkpoint management.Hundreds of personnel have already been deployed to Victoria.At a busy checkpoint on the Princes Freeway, the main road connecting Melbourne and Geelong, Brigadier Matt Burr said soldiers helped police by checking licences, counting vehicles and managing traffic flows.He said more than 100 members were assisting police at checkpoints, while 200 ADF medical staff would help the Department of Health and Human Services.Despite lengthy delays for drivers, he said the response from the public was largely understanding and "very positive".What you need to know about coronavirus:The symptomsThe number of cases in AustraliaGlobal cases, deaths and testing rates
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