Defence Forces Patrolling Sydney as Lockdown Continues

Australian Defence Force (ADF) troops will join NSW police patrolling streets in Sydney’s west and southwest to ensure COVID-19 health orders are being observed in the hotspots where the virus is surging.

The 300 ADF troops will reinforce the efforts of police on Monday, patrolling and doorknocking to ensure people are complying with self-isolation and stay-at-home orders in eight Sydney local government areas.

The military support was requested by Police Commissioner Mick Fuller on Thursday when NSW reported a record 239 COVID cases—a figure that was matched again on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Strathfield South Public School, in Sydney’s west is closed after a COVID-19 case in the school community.

The school’s website says it is closed to allow time for contact tracing and cleaning and all staff and students must self-isolate until they receive further advice.

Sydney public transport services have been restored to a regular weekday timetable to avoid overcrowding as the construction industry resumes with some limitations, after a two-week hiatus.- READ MORE