Lock­down lifted af­ter lie ex­posed

The Guardian - - News Coronaviru­s - Josh Tay­lor

A six-day lock­down in South Aus­tralia will end three days early, at mid­night tonight, af­ter it was re­vealed that a male who tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19 had con­cealed from con­tact trac­ers that he worked in a pizza bar where another case had worked.

The state’s premier, Steven Mar­shall, made the ad­mis­sion af­ter con­tact trac­ers fur­ther investigat­ed a male with Covid-19 who had claimed only to have picked up a pizza from the Woodville Pizza Bar (right).

A se­cu­rity guard who tested pos­i­tive and worked at the Pep­pers medi-ho­tel for re­turned trav­ellers had a se­cond job at the restau­rant, and be­cause the per­son claimed to have just been a cus­tomer, health au­thor­i­ties feared a wide range of peo­ple may have been ex­posed to Covid-19 through ca­sual trans­mis­sion at the pizza bar. Af­ter de­ter­min­ing that the per­son had in fact worked at the bar a num­ber of times and was not sim­ply a cus­tomer, he was deemed a close con­tact of the se­cu­rity guard.

“The self­ish ac­tions of this in­di­vid­ual have put our whole state in a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion,” Mar­shall said. “His ac­tions have af­fected busi­nesses, in­di­vid­u­als, fam­ily groups and is com­pletely and ut­terly un­ac­cept­able.”

He said the state would not have gone into its strict six-day lock­down if this in­for­ma­tion had been known ear­lier.

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