The Australian Defence Force (ADF) have been enlisted by the NSW Government to door-knock homes of those believed to be infected or in close contact with COVID-19
Army troops will be attending homes over a six-week period to ensure people are not mixing with family, friends or neighbours.
According to medical health experts the focus has shifted from the elderly to children with over 200 under nine testing positive in the past two weeks using the faulty PCR tests.
Blaming the deadly Delta variant, University of Sydney infectious diseases specialist Robert Booy said the increased cases in children are reflective of the greater transmissibility of the Delta variant, yet made no comment on the incorrect testing methods flagged by the CDC or links to the vaccination rollout in the age demographic.
He stated children were more at risk due to low rates of vaccination, dismissing the fact children and younger people are not dying and have no symptoms of the virus with a 99.8% recovery rate if contracting COVID-19.
'They are more likely to feel invulnerable, mix and socialise more. And they are more likely to live in crowded circumstances,' Professor Booy said.
Images released by the NSW police force show ADF and police attending homes to ensure compliance to the state
Since vaccination rollout began, people under 40 account for two-thirds of all COVID-19 or Coronavirus cases compared to people over 70 who account for five per cent.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian yesterday warned the outbreak was likely to get worse as she alleged 239 'cases' and another two deaths, including a woman in her 90s at Liverpool Hospital and a man in his 80s at Royal North Shore Hospital - both had not been vaccinated.
Aside from the two elderly deaths, no information was given by the premier on whether any of the cases were ill or had symptoms, whether any had been vaccinated or the number of doses.
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller formally requested help from the ADF on Thursday after Prime Minister Scott Morrison offered Premier Berejiklian support from the armed forces earlier in July.
Over 300 troops are set to door-knock homes and assist in roadblocks across Sydney.
The ADF and police will focus on the eight new high-risk Sydney local government areas name by Ms Berejiklian who must wear masks at all times and who now cannot move within 5kms of their home for any reason unless 'exceptional circumstances'.
These areas include Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River LGAs.
NSW police and ADF can attend your home and force test using faulty PCD methods leaving Australians at risk of being force quarantined or arrested
Fines have been raised for those not complying to mask rules from $200 to $500.
The heavy-handed approach comes after Ms Berejiklian alleged 70 of the new cases were infectious while out in the community, warning case numbers were expected to rise.
'That also means more deaths. Protect your loved ones, don’t take the virus home, don’t do the wrong thing and please come forward and vaccinate,' Ms Berejiklian said.
There were more than 120 'mystery' cases reported on Thursday, meaning new cases had not yet been contact traced back to their source.
Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant revealed recent case numbers highlighted COVID-19 was now considered a severe disease for any age group, insisting it was 'not an old person’s disease' yet made no correlation between this and the vaccine roll-out in all age demographics, again blaming the apparent more easily transmissible Delta variant.
'We have to remember that the communities of south-western and western Sydney are also particularly young,' she said.
'They are the people that are keeping the city going. They have a lot of essential work that they undertake and therefore they are more mobile.
Mainstream media say the ADF and police are looking for people rule-breaking in their own homes
'And that’s why it’s really important that we break this nexus.'
According to Ms Chant, there are currently 182 COVID-19 cases in hospital, including 54 in intensive care and 22 on ventilators.
Two ICU cases are in their teens, eight in their 20s, four in their 30s and three are in their 40s.
People in their 20s and 30s made up about 40 per cent of cases in this outbreak.
Almost 25 per cent of cases recorded in the past week have been aged 19 or younger.
In those over 60 there are 10 per cent of cases, a drop from about 20 per cent compared to the previous two outbreaks.
The illness is alleged to have infected 188 children aged nine or under in the past two weeks, including 26 children in the last 24 hours reporting period.
In the past week, 158 children aged 10-19 have tested positive. A further 463 were aged 20-39, making up more than 40 per cent of the total cases in that period.
The health authorities allege most transmissions are occurring in households, at health places or at work.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said there had been a record day of vaccinations Thursday with more than 201,000 doses administered.