Following yesterday’s announcement by SA Health regarding three close contacts of known NSW cases attending the test match cricket in Adelaide, a press conference has been held today by Premier Steven Marshall, Professor Nicola Spurrier and Police Commissioner Grant Stevens.
To recap yesterday’s announcement, all three people who attended the cricket have returned a negative test and will continue their 14 day quarantine in a medi-hotel. However this highlights the need for every South Australian to follow COVID-safe practices, particularly when attending large events.
Premier Marshall said that changes will be made in South Australia to ensure we not only have a Merry Christmas, but a safe Christmas too.
First of all, as of midnight tonight, anyone in South Australia who has been in greater Sydney will require to conduct 14 days of quarantine, plus testing for COVID-19 on arrival and also on day 12 of quarantine.
For anyone who has been in NSW’s Northern Beach area, there is a hard border closure, and those people will not be allowed into South Australia.
Those traveling to SA from regional NSW required to have testing on arrival, but not required to isolate.
Effective immediately border checkpoints are being set up again across 4 locations including Pinaroo.
Marshall said that while these measures will significantly affect Christmas travel plans, they are not taking theses decisions lightly.
Nicola Spurrier then spoke, announcing three new positive cases in SA, all overseas arrivals who are now in medi-hotel.
One woman is in her 60s, and 2 women are in their 20s. All three tested positive on their day 1 test.
There were 1900 tests yesterday, however Nicola Spurrier pleaded to the public to please be really mindful about getting tested, especially with the greater risk posed from the NSW Avalon cluster.
SA Pathology has been set up at Adelaide airport, with all NSW arrivals now requiring COVID-19 testing when entering SA.
Nicola Spurrier went on to stress that for those in home quarantine -quarantine means quarantine. It needs to be undertaken a suitable place with a separate bathroom, so the family won’t be able to get together at Christmas.
For SA people in NSW, they can come home, but testing and quarantine (if travelling from the above-mentioned areas) will be required to maintain safety of South Australians.
Since Friday and late Thursday, SA Health have been finding people who have travelled to SA, from the Northern Beaches, and those people have been directed into quarantine. As SA Health have NSW traveller travel declarations, they will be going back through those over the past 3 days, requiring people from anywhere in NSW to get tested.
Wastewater testing has also been conducted at Adelaide Oval during the test cricket period, but no positive results have been detected.
For more info visit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/response
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