South Australia has not registered new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row.
- SA Health warned of a hoax text message giving false quarantine information
- Two people in their 80s remain in the hospital with the virus
- Students and teachers have returned to high school with masks
The state’s week-long shutdown – imposed in response to the Modbury cluster, which remains at 19 cases – ended at midnight.
“[It’s] wonderful to have zero cases again today, ”said Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier.
Prime Minister Steven Marshall said restrictions announced yesterday will be in place for at least seven days, including new requirements to wear masks.
“The very, very good news is that there were no new cases overnight, so there are still 19 people connected to this cluster, with this outbreak, in South Australia, so that’s good news – absolutely fantastic news, ”he said.
“We are out of the lockdown and the people of South Australia should be very proud of what we have done over the last seven, eight days.”
Professor Spurrier said two cases, a man and a woman in their 80s, both remain in hospital “in a stable condition”.
“They are stable, which is excellent considering their age – they have not had to go to the ICU, so really comfortable,” she said.
Cheat quarantine text messages sent out
Professor Spurrier said some exposure sites had been downgraded and removed from the SA Health list so some people could get out of quarantine.
But she warned of a hoax text message sent out stating incorrect information about quarantine claims.
“I’m sure all South Australians would be quite annoyed to hear about it.
“If you receive a message from SA Health, it will never have a phone number attached to it.
“It will not ask you to call back, it will direct you to our website, so it’s a few points if you received it or know anything about it.”
Students and teachers today returned to classrooms in high school, where mandatory masking now applies.
“I know this will be something different for high school students this morning when the masks come out and are worn in the school situation,” Professor Spurrier said.
“They absolutely understand what’s going on, I’m sure and I do not think they find it much, so please, parents, support your young people with their masking and of course the other rules that the school will have come on space during this period. “
More than 16,000 coronavirus test results were returned yesterday, and mask use is still mandatory in a number of public settings.
Thousands of people have returned to work across the state, where masks are “highly” recommended in the workplace.
“That’s what gives us confidence that when we ease these constraints, we will not go back into a lockdown situation.”
Home flights have resumed in southern Australia following a temporary ban.
“A few days ago I said we were looking at what we could do to bring stranded South Australians back. We have not finished it at the moment,” Mr Marshall said.
“There are probably thousands of South Australians stranded, most of them overseas, but we also have people in states that we currently have restrictions on, especially New South Wales.
“We are very aware that we want to get these people back, but we also have to live up to our highest priority, which is to protect South Australia.
“This last week has been unusually tough, so we are taking precautions and supporting SA Health with their exemption process.
“They are working through them as quickly as possible, but it will be difficult to bring all these people back to South Australia.”
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