Australian Army to deploy reservists for COVID-19 support

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Canberra, March 26 | The Australian Army is preparing to deploy reservists to assist with the Australian Defence Force’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, a media report said on Thursday.

The Guardian Australia on Thursday published an email sent by Carmen Sieger, the acting director of the directorate of contingent workforce management army, earlier in March in which he called on reservists for help if they had the willingness and capacity for work “likely to result from our current environment”, reports Xinhua news agency.

It would be the second time in 2020 if reservists will be deployed in response to the crisis.

The other time that such action has been taken was at the height of Australia’s bushfire crisis in January when about 3,000 reservists were deployed to help with recovery.

In the email, Sieger asked reservists to provide their skill set as well as the type of work they would be willing to do.

“This is normal practice for Defence – to plan and prepare for support to Commonwealth, state and territory authorities in times of need,” Xinhua news agency quoted a spokesperson for the defence department as saying to the Guardian.

“We are focused on ensuring the continuity of our essential tasks and functions to enable us to respond to, and sustain, current and potential commitments.”

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds, who previously served as the Army Adjutant General, on Monday announced an escalation of the ADF’s role in Australia’s response to the virus.

ADF personnel have begun helping overwhelmed health authorities trace transmission of the virus in Australia as well as providing reconnaissance, planning and logistical support.

Australia has 2,364 coronavirus cases with seven deaths.

Source: IANS

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Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute  in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.

Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”

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