South Australia (SA) 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.
Despite this, Victoria – who faced recently faced strict lockdowns and have now recorded 20 consecutive days with no new COVID-19 cases or deaths – will impose a hard border with SA from tonight. This comes after fragments of COVID-19 were detected by health officials in waterways along freight corridors.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said that from 11:59 tonight there will be a 48 hour hard border closure between the two states. Under the border, only those with emergency medical reasons, animal welfare reasons, freight drivers or those permitted by law will be able to enter Victoria from SA.
Steven Marshall has cancelled all international flights into SA until November 30. A widespread 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.
Currently, there are 35 active COVID-19 cases in South Australia, bringing the total to 515 cases.
More to come.
- SA Police issue new testing requirements for Medi-Hotel workersFrom midnight tonight, anyone who is working at a Medi-Hotel site is now required to receive a COVID-19 test at least every 7 days.
- Today’s COVID-19 case in quarantine has been linked to the Parafield clusterGenomics test results have returned this afternoon linking two people – one of which is today’s case – to the Parafield cluster.
- Health Officials say SA to return to pre-Parafield Cluster restrictions in one weekState officials expect that by early December, SA should return to its pre-Parafield cluster restrictions.
- SA Police update on Task Force ProtectPolice have seized mobile phones, a laptop, and a hard drive, all directly related to the person of interest who is in quarantine.
- One new COVID-19 case linked to SA Parafield Cluster, still no community transmissionChief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said if there has been community transmission, it will be seen this week, but stated she is “quietly confident.”