COVID-19 SA UPDATE: Case Total, Police Check Increase & Expiation Fines

South Australia has seen a stabilising number of new infections per day, which has remained consistent for the better part of two weeks.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has provided an update post the National Cabinet meeting regarding the state’s COVID-19 situation.

Exponential growth has not been realised given the measures that have been put in place. Instead, there has been a stabilising number of new infections per day, which has remained consistent for the better part of two weeks.

South Australia has had two very significant clusters, being the Ruby Princess, Barossa Valley, and Adelaide Airport baggage handlers.

The Premier advised remembering that Australia has a strong plan implemented in response to COVID-19, with two National Cabinet meetings taking place each week.

Today’s Statistics:

Dr. Nicola Spurrier provided an update on today’s statistics, stating there have been 11 new cases in South Australia, which is a relatively low number. This brings the case total to 396.

A third of the state’s cases can still be attributed to cruise ships.

46 people are now recovering, 18 remain in hospital, with eight in the ICU (seven men, one woman).

Regarding the Adelaide Airport baggage handler cluster, with seven secondary cases reported in family members, and others are currently quarantining.

This remains an open cluster, and those who have been in Adelaide Airport are advised to get tested if symptoms develop.

Police Commissioner Update:

The South Australian Police Commissioner has confirmed 9.5k people have crossed the border since the new restrictions came into play. Over half have been instructed to self-quarantine, and checks are being conducted. The other half are required to travel due to essential work.

Given the volume of traffic and number of people who are considered essential travellers, the police do not see it as necessary to further strengthen the measures currently in place.

At this point, the police have issued ten expiation notices, 4 $1000 fines, and six warnings. The checking has demonstrated well over 90% of travellers are being compliant. People are respectful and willing to cooperate.

Kangaroo Island Travel:

Currently, movement is not restricted in South Australia, and this is inclusive of Kangaroo Island.

However, the advice remains that if travel is not essential, it should not be undertaken.

More info to come.


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