Published: Sat, November 21, 2020
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South Australia's Lockdown Will Lift at 11.59pm on Saturday

South Australia's Lockdown Will Lift at 11.59pm on Saturday

Stevens would not be drawn to a man's potential motive to mislead contact tracing tools.

"The second part of this is that the contact tracing very quickly on Sunday was able to identify that it was linked to a medi-hotel and subsequent to that we did this huge blitz of testing in the medi-hotel, and that is how we picked up the additional cases at that medi-hotel".

More than 19,000 South Australians were tested on Friday, something Mr Marshall said was an extraordinary response.

"This person's failure to be truthful with contact tracers means his close associates - who we understand he's had close contact with - haven't been identified and are now in the community", Mr Stevens said. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Friday the 363 cases reported in the past 24 hours took the country's total to 30,017 with 501 deaths since the pandemic began.

"Our initial information was that this was somebody getting a pizza, and that meant that there were lots of other people in Adelaide who would have got pizza from that pizza bar and there was a long infectious time of about 10 days that we were concerned about", Professor Spurrier said.

South Australia has recorded no new local cases of COVID-19 and just one fresh infection in quarantine as it prepares to lift a statewide lockdown.

South Australia's Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier has praised an "astute young doctor" in a hospital emergency department for preventing a full-blown coronavirus outbreak in the state.

The Parafield cluster now spans 26 cases and more than 5400 contacts are in isolation.

A woman with grey hair wearing a floral dress standing in front of a board with SA Government logos
Nicola Spurrier has become a popular figure with SA Health creating cartoons of her to promote hygiene measures

"He's been in quarantine since his partner tested positive", she said.

"Everybody receives an SMS message to be told that you are a close contact and you must go into quarantine and get tested, but of course we want to follow that up and speak to people directly", she said.

And it was expected that the number of new cases in the state would increase over the next few days.

"This was ... way earlier than people clicked to things in Victoria, earlier than the Crossroads Hotel cluster and the subsequent seeding in NSW", she said.

"To say I am fuming is an understatement", state Premier Steven Marshall told reporters on Friday.

Majority of the infected people have not shown any symptoms and the State Premier is anxious the virus may be circulating through surfaces.

"This is still a very risky cluster and our our health experts remain extremely concerned", he said.

Mr Stevens said the state was aiming to remove all new restrictions by December 1 if all coronavirus clusters are contained.


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