SA finalises release from virus lockdown

SA finalises release from virus lockdown

South Australian officials are finalising plans to bring the state out of its week-long COVID-19 lockdown amid growing confidence a cluster of virus cases has been contained.

Premier Steven Marshall says the shutdown will end at one minute past midnight on Wednesday morning, provided there are no further “unlinked” coronavirus cases.

That will also be contingent on final health advice on Tuesday when transition arrangements for sporting fixtures are also expected to be detailed.

“Working together we've been able to demonstrate we can get through this very difficult situation,” Mr Marshall said.

“We're absolutely delighted with how the people of South Australia have worked with the restrictions. Everyone has made extraordinary sacrifices this week.

“We said we wanted to go hard, we wanted to go early and we wanted to knock this off.”

When the lockdown lifts, SA will keep a range of heightened restrictions including a general density requirement of one person to every four square metres.

Masks will be required in high-risk settings, such as aged care centres, in medical services and on public transport.

The wider use of masks is strongly encouraged.

All food and drink consumption must be while seated and dancing and singing remain banned.

Family gatherings will be limited to 10 people although weddings and funerals can have up to 50.

Schools will also reopen on Wednesday.

The new restrictions will remain in place for at least a week.

On top of the continuing measures, the premier urged all people to strongly consider their need to move around, with working from home a preferred option.

SA reported just one new case in the Modbury cluster on Monday, that of an 87-year-old man who visited Tenafeate Creek winery near One Tree Hill last week, which is now linked to 11 infections.

However, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said more cases could still crop up, most likely in close contacts of those already found to have the disease.

She said it was hoped any new cases would already be in quarantine.

The cluster currently stands at 19 infections.

It began with an 81-year-old man who recently arrived in Australia from Argentina and was quarantined in Sydney before travelling to Adelaide, where he tested positive.

Genomic testing has confirmed the man became infected while in Sydney, not while he was in Argentina.

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