SA Health’s chief public health officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier has announced that no new cases of COVID-19 have been found in South Australia, following yesterday’s new case.
In regards to the only active case in South Australia, SA Health are in the midst of finding all potential contacts, with Professor Spurrier stating that there are no apparent chains of transmission.
In regards to allowing individuals to travel to SA on compassionate grounds, Professor Spurrier has stated that there has been a very low number of exemptions.
These compassionate grounds are provided in the case that the individual is looking to attend the funeral of a close relative or if they are visiting a terminally ill relative.
She also states that there have been cases where the relative has passed away in the time that visitors have been in the 14 day quarantine.
Overall, since international borders closed, there have only been 22 exemptions provided, half of these exemptions were to allow a visit to a terminally ill relative, and the other half for funerals of close relatives.
Professor Spurrier says that these individuals are also closely monitored during these exemption visits, and that for many, this is their last chance to see these relatives.
When asked why dance studios and gym classes will continue to have a 10 person cap in stage two, Professor Spurrier says that this choice will be reviewed as time passes.
More to come.