South Australia records one new case, avoids 'catastrophic' second wave

A Woodville Pizza Bar employee lied to contact tracers about working at the restaurant which led to a state-wide lockdown in South Australia officials said on Friday

Premier Steven Marshall praised South Australians and said the state had avoided a "catastrophic situation". "We now know that they lied".

South Australia will end its "circuit breaker" lockdown tonight, three days earlier than officially planned, after it was discovered that a man connected to a recent outbreak lied to contact tracers.

As South Australia began to relax some of its tough restrictions and the Northern Territory announced it would reopen it borders to the state, Ms Fuller said she was still forced to spend another 12 days in hotel quarantine, at a cost of $2800.

Stevens said it was "fair to say that had this person been more upfront with us we would not have instituted a six-day lockdown".

Authorities originally thought the man in question had contracted the virus after buying a pizza from the shop, sparking fears the Parafield coronavirus cluster was the result of a possible "super strain" being transmitted through food packaging.

The pizza parlour employee was interviewed by a contact tracing team earlier this week.

They were not satisfied with "the feeling they got from this", South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens recalled during the press conference.

Police did not identify the man, but said he worked at the Woodville Pizza Bar in Adelaide.

Premier Marshall told Australian broadcaster ABC that the task force was set up to "look at all and every aspect of the evidence that was provided and the consequences that have ensued from there". More than 4000 contacts or close contacts of the outbreak remain in quarantine.

Will the man face criminal charges?

"It would have been absolutely catastrophic on all businesses, families and individuals in our state", Mr Marshall said. "The selfish actions of this individual have put our entire country in a very hard position, and his actions have affected companies, individuals and family groups which is totally and absolutely unacceptable". On Friday, the ban on outdoor exercise and dog walking was lifted when the news of an infected pizza shop worker came out.

"This is still a very unsafe cluster and our our health experts remain extremely concerned", he said. "We are taking a fair and objective approach to this, we don't go in with preconceived ideas from an investigative point of view".

"People need to remember that basic hand hygiene, you must stay one and a half metres away from other people that you don't know", she said, also encouraging people to wear a face mask in public.



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