South Australia enters week-long lockdown to contain COVID-19 Delta variant spread
July 23, 2021, 19:00:02 CEST | Wikinews

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Modbury Hospital, where the first case in South Australia's COVID-19 cluster presented.Image: User:AussieHero.
With five active cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, South Australia begun a one-week lockdown on Monday. Announcing the lockdown, state Premier Steven Marshall declared "we have no alternative but to impose some fairly heavy and immediate restrictions".

The first case out of South Australia's active cases was presented to Modbury Hospital on Sunday night, having returned from Argentina earlier this month. The fifth, which Premier Marshall noted as "far more worrying", visited The Greek on Halifax restaurant at the same time as someone who was later confirmed to be carrying the virus. Chief Public Health Officer for the state Nicola Spurrier said "if anyone has been at The Greek on Halifax they need to get into quarantine and get tested".

In accordance with new regulations, there are only five reasons for South Australians to leave home: essential work, shopping for essential goods such as food, exercise, but only with people from the same household and within 2.5 kilometers (2 mi) of home, medical reasons (which includes testing and vaccination against the coronavirus, but excludes elective and cosmetic surgery), and caregiving.

Schools have closed for all but children of essential workers, with online learning having begun on Thursday. Face masks are also be mandated for those who leave home. ABC News reported that "support for businesses is expected to be announced...", with all non-essential retail required to close under the new regulations.






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Sources[edit]
"South Australia 'moves into lockdown' after five COVID cases associated with Modbury Hospital cluster" — ABC News (Australia), July 20, 2021
"South Australia Covid lockdown restrictions: update to coronavirus rules for Adelaide and regional SA" — The Guardian, July 19, 2021





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