South Australia will end its lockdown early, after it emerged one of the state’s recent cases lied about their whereabouts.
The state’s strict “circuit-breaker” lockdown was based on a lie told to contract tracers, Premier Steven Marshall said on Friday.
The person, who tested positive to COVID-19, told contract tracers they had purchased a pizza from the Woodville Pizza Bar.
In fact, they had worked at the pizza shop for several shifts. They’d caught the coronavirus from their COVID-19 positive colleague, who was also working as a security guard in Adelaide’s hotel quarantine program.
“That clearly changes the circumstances, and had this person been truthful to the contract tracing teams, we would not have gone into a six-day lockdown,” Marshall said.
“I stress this point, that this is still a very dangerous cluster and our expert healths remain extremely concerned. We are still trying to locate thousands of people who may have had dangerous contact at the Woodville Pizza Bar.
“To say I am fuming about the actions of this individual is an absolute understatement. This selfish actions of this individual have put our whole state in a very difficult situation.
“His actions have affected businesses, individuals, family groups and is completely and utterly unacceptable.”
Outdoor exercise with family or housemates will now be allowed “effective immediately”, with the state’s hard lockdown now ending on Saturday night, three days earlier than planned.
More to come.