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As it happened: Victoria records 270 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths as NSW remains on high alert amid Crossroads Hotel cluster growth – The Sydney Morning Herald

Global infections have now surpassed 13 million, climbing by a million in just five days in a pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 people.

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Speaking on ABC Radio Melbournes Drive program this evening, Head of Emergency Management for Ambulance Victoria Justin Dunlop said it was not unusual for staff from other agencies to be trained with paramedics.
“If you see the ADF, or other agencies for that matter, supporting us it just means they’re helping out. It doesn’t mean there’s a crisis and it might mean that they’re doing a bit of training,” he said.
“It’s not unusual for us to train student paramedics from universities who are often seen as the third person in ambulances, so theres nothing to be concerned about – we’ll still have paramedics responding in ambulances with all the usual equipment and the usual care.”
Mr Dunlop said soldiers wouldnt necessarily be providing medical care to patients.
“They’re able to support the paramedics with grabbing and handling some of the equipment, helping with some of the manual handling and then a slow comfortable drive back to hospital,” he said.
He said he hoped soldiers would begin 10 days of training from next week.
“So you might see some soldiers riding along in a couple of weeks time, they won’t be deployed as a second officer

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