| 25.03,20. 11:05 PM |
Australian Army Reservists asked to prepare for coronavirus battle
An order has gone out to thousands of Army Reservists, warning them to prepare for the battle against coronavirus. Credit: Danny Casey/AAP
The Australian Defence Force is now gearing up in what could be a sign that even tougher restrictions are on the way.
An order has gone out to thousands of Army Reservists, warning them to prepare to be mobilised in the battle against coronavirus.
7NEWS understands this could mean anything from enforcing quarantine orders, to delivering vital goods to people in the event of a lockdown.
A message was sent to Army Reservists nationwide, even battalions that were not called up during the bushfires.
Members are being asked to indicate their availability now, but emergency services and health workers are excluded from this call-out.
It is understood the Australian Army is keen to bolster their numbers with those who may now be unemployed.
Our military force is 30,000 strong with another 13,000 Reserves.
Armed forces are being used around the world to help health officials with lockdowns and public order including in the UK, US and Italy.