South Australia has recorded one new locally acquired case of Covid-19 on Wednesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Emma BrasierSource:News Corp Australia
Just as South Australia starts to shake the shackles of lockdown, another locally acquired Covid-19 case has been recorded.
But, the plan to ease some restrictions from 12.01am on Thursday will go ahead.
The man in his 20s was already isolating at home after one of his family members previously tested positive to the virus two weeks ago.
He has since been shifted to the state’s dedicated coronavirus facility, Tom’s Court Hotel.
Premier Steven Marshall confirmed the infection was linked to the Modbury cluster, bringing the total number of connected infections to 22.
South Australia’s Modbury cluster has grown to 22 linked infections after a man in his 20s tested positive to the virus. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Naomi JellicoeSource:News Corp Australia
The man was already in isolation and has since been moved to Tom’s Court. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Brenton EdwardsSource:News Corp Australia
SA chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said the man had quite a long incubation period and did not display any symptoms.
His positive test was a “late pick up” on day 13.
Three of his family members were also taken to medi-hotels and will need to complete a further 14 days of quarantine.
Professor Spurrier said there was no reason to suspect community exposure.
But she said testing rates had dropped across the state and stressed anyone with even the mildest of symptoms needed to get tested.
There were 7163 tests conducted on Tuesday.
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The Modbury cluster led to the state being plunged into a seven day lockdown. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David MariuzSource:News Corp Australia
The Modbury cluster was thought to have stopped growing at 21 cases — with the last recorded on July 29.
It led to hundreds of people quarantining or needing to be tested and the entire state was forced into a seven day lockdown that lifted last week.
Authorities had since been planning a gradual pathway out of the lockdown, with more restrictions on density requirements, gyms and sport competitions due to ease at midnight on Wednesday night.
Indoor sports games can go ahead but Professur Spurrier explained it was limited to one spectator per participant.
Two other SA cases have been recorded among returning overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.