Five Australian Defence Force officers have tested positive for Covid-19 after contracting it in the Middle East.
The five people are asymptomatic and arrived back in Australia this morning, AAP reports.
They were were tested after a number of local contractors became infected with the virus.
Four returned to Australia on Friday morning on a routine defence force flight and were taken to Royal Darwin Hospital for assessment.
The fifth, who recently completed their deployment, previously returned to Australia and is currently in mandatory quarantine in Brisbane.
The Australian Defence Force says it decided to test personnel “after being notified that a number of locally engaged contractors had tested positive”.
“Defence will take all necessary measures in consultation with our Coalition partners, relevant host nations and Australian federal, state and territory governments to ensure ADF personnel receive the treatment and care required,” it said in a statement on Friday.
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic in Australia this Friday.
Restrictions in NSW will ease today – with two adults (and any dependent children) now allowed to visit another person’s house for any reason. Restrictions will also ease in Queensland from Saturday, though travel will be restricted to 50km.
A flight from India will also arrive in WA today bringing more than 100 Australians back.
Overnight, around the world:
Russia’s prime minister has been diagnosed with coronavirus. Mikhail Mishustin was supposed to be leading the country’s response to the virus, but has said he will now self-isolate from the government.
Germany will ease restrictions, opening museums, galleries, zoos and playgrounds and allow religious services to resume.
Brazil announced a record number of new cases in 24 hours (7,218). The death toll rose by 435 to 5,901.