The Australian Defence Force has been called into help contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Victoria.

For the first time in the state’s history, two paramedics will no longer be required in each ambulance.

Under new measures, the ADF member will drive the vehicle and will be paired with one paramedic.

It is understood 10 defence force personnel are expected to begin work next week.

Authorities claim it now takes 50 minutes for a patient to be offloaded from the stretcher at the hospital, a 20-minute increase with 560 COVID patients currently occupying bed across the Victorian hospitals.

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