SA records one new COVID-19 case as Task Force Protect begins its investigation

South Australia has reported one new COVID-19 case, bringing the number of cases linked to the Parafield Cluster to 26.

Today marks South Australia’s last day of hard lockdown, with restrictions to ease as of midnight.

However, Premier Steven Marshall has stressed, “we are not out of the woods yet.”

The Premier reported there has been 100% compliance with people who have been asked to get tested in relation to the Parafield Cluster, with more than 19,000 tests were conducted yesterday.

“We still have no examples of community transmission,” stated the Premier.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens stated it is hoped South Australia will be able to return to the level of restrictions that were in place on November 15, as of December 1.

Working from home, where possible, is still encouraged for the next eight to ten days.

COVID-19 Case Update:

Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier confirmed South Australia has reported one new case.

The case is a close contact of a previous case, with Professor Spurrier stating as this COVID-19 outbreak was caught “very, very early,” the person was already in quarantine, and does not pose any risk to the community.

26 cases have now been linked to the Parafield Cluster, and one person in hospital.

Currently, over 5,400 close contacts, or contacts of close contacts, in quarantine, all directly linked to the cluster.

South Australia’s active COVID-19 case number stands at 37, with the state’s total case number at 554.

Again, Professor Spurrier encouraged any South Australians with symptoms to go and get tested.

“Masks are an easy thing to wear,” stated Professor Spurrier.

Task Force Protect:

Task Force Protect, a team of 20 crime analysts and senior detectives, was announced yesterday.

This task force will investigate any alleged criminal actions in the lead up to and post the advice provided to SA Health prior to the recent COVID-19 lockdown.

“It would seem that there are multiple issues for investigation, including who has provided false and misleading information,” said the Premier.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens stated the person who misled contact tracers is a 36 year old man who is currently in quarantine.

The man is lawfully in Australia on a temporary graduate visa, which is due to expire in mid-December.

The Police Commissioner stated there are at least two people SAPOL is interested in speaking to in relation to the Woodville Pizza Bar.

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