South Australia has reported no new COVID-19 cases during the first day of a six day lockdown, however SA Health has confirmed there are 17 suspected cases linked to the Parafield Cluster.
“We have woken up to a very different South Australia today, and my message to everybody at home is that while we may be physically distanced, I believe we have never been more united,” said Premier Steven Marshall.
“We’re not going to get a second change … COVID-19 is highly infectious, extremely dangerous, and very difficult to eradicate once it gets a foothold in a community.”
The contact tracing effort is taking place around the clock in an attempt to track down every single person who has been exposed to COVID-19 as a result of the Parafield Cluster.
“We still have potentially thousands of South Australians who visited a site of concern and may be carrying this disease,” said the Premier, stating this is the reason for the “pause.”
The Premier stated record testing rates have been seen over last few days, with over 20,000 South Australians having been tested in the last 48 hours, and over 12,000 yesterday alone.
With no new cases today, the Parafield Cluster total case number stands at 22, however, as stated, there are 17 suspected cases SA Health is treating as cases.
According to Professor Spurrier, a “double ring fence” has been put around these people.
3,200 close contacts or contacts of the close contacts have been identified, and all are in quarantine.
Professor Spurrier reiterated the concern surrounding a number of venues where infectious cases have been over the last week. Find the full list of locations here.
“Masks are compulsory if you are leaving your home,” the Premier said.
“We do understand there are many people who haven’t been able to access them at the moment, so in the first instance, people will be warned.
“I know that there have been police officers out in Rundle Mall today handing out face masks.”
The direction has not yet been updated to reflect mandatory mask wearing, however Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, has stated, “try” and wear a mask when leaving the house.
Currently, there are 34 active COVID-19 cases in South Australia, bringing the total to 515 cases.
More to come.