Lockdown lifted after lie exposed
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.