Published: Sun, November 22, 2020

Covid: Pizza worker's 'lie' forced South Australia lockdown

Covid: Pizza worker's 'lie' forced South Australia lockdown

Health officials are still trying to contact potentially thousands of others who had contact with the Woodville Pizza Bar in order to isolate people who associated with the worker.

Yesterday, police commissioner Grant Stevens said that the man in question will not be fined as there is "no mechanism" to do so under current law.

The state premier, Steven Marshall, told a media conference in Adelaide that a man at a pizza bar linked to the outbreak had "deliberately misled" contact tracers, telling them he had only bought a pizza there, when he had actually worked several shifts at the outlet alongside another worker who tested positive. "We are interested in speaking to at least two other people who we believe can assist us with our inquiries, and my investigators will remain in contact with those in due course", he said. "This is the one element that pushed us from the level of restrictions we were implementing on Tuesday to a much harsher regime".

However, she said officials are still working to get in touch with 40 close contacts.

"The emergency management act requires people to provide information on request".

South Australia was on track on Saturday to end its hard COVID-19 lockdown three days early as Australia's once hard-hit state of Victoria has gone three weeks without a new virus case for the first time since February.

"Everybody regrets the actions that we have had to take", he said. The new case is the partner of an existing case, who is already in quarantine.

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

Thankfully for the people of Adelaide, the 36 new cases have proven to be nothing more than a temporary spike, and with only three new cases found on Friday (20 November), the state is continuing to slowly relax restrictions.

She said efforts were continuing to put a "double ring-fence" around the outbreak to limit the risk of more widespread transmission.

However, Mr Marshall added that the threat to his state from the cluster of cases has not passed.

South Australia's lockdown begun Thursday and was initially scheduled to run for six days.

But he said the state was "not out of the woods yet".

"To say this week has been a roller-coaster ride for South Australian business owners would be a gross understatement", chief executive Martin Haese said.

But health officials have said that the situation is still unsafe and the new cluster of 25 infections is expected to grow over the next few days.

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