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South Australia heads into major lockdown to control Covid cluster

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The Australian state of Victoria, with its capital Melbourne, locked down for nearly 3 months, eventually cutting new cases down to zero. Now the next-door state of South Australia, with its capital Adelaide, has begun one of the world’s toughest lockdowns. Even outdoor exercise, dog-walking and basic errands are banned. The state of 1.7 million will now aim to contain the cluster of Covid-19 infections. South Australia is 5 times the land mass of the UK.

Travellers described the situation as “crazy” and “incredible” as there were scenes of banked-up traffic between Adelaide and Broken Hill last night night as South Australians, or out-of-state travellers, raced to get into New South Wales before midnight. Roads to Victoria were also packed as of late yesterday afternoon.

Australia’s leaders are showing little patience with any outbreaks and have shown resolve to lockdown cities or entire state to contain the country’s Covid-19 cases. Nationally, Australia has had a total of 27,777 cases since the start of the pandemic. Just yesterday the US reported 173,632 new cases and an additional 1,956 deaths from Covid-19. The UK reported 19,609 new cases yesterday.

For the next 6 days…

• Mask-wearing is mandatory

• Only one person from a household will be allowed to leave home each day (only for essential reasons)

• Schools, universities, cafes and restaurants are closed

• Weddings and funerals are banned

23 people in Adelaide have become infected after a cleaner at a quarantine hotel for arriving from overseas, became exposed to the virus. The state’s health authorities maintain the “circuit breaker” measures are necessary “to avoid a wider outbreak”.

South Australia heads into major lockdown to control Covid cluster | News by Thaiger

Speaking to the media, the State Premier Steven Marshall commented that “the strain of the virus that is circulating is nasty with all of those infected mostly asymptomatic”.

“It was highly likely to be transmitted from surfaces and that the incubation period was as low as 24 hours. It’s a real worry, especially because people who become infected are not showing the typical symptoms that we are used to.”

The local cluster, and the more severe outbreak in neighbouring Victoria, indicates the federal and state governments will maintain ongoing vigilance to control the virus. Australia has mostly been spared the scale of infections and deaths experienced in the US, Europe and South America.

“Victoria is proof that hard lockdowns do work. The state, which saw a daily peak of around 700 infections in August, has now gone 20 days without new cases.”

 

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    Bob

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    The lockdown only hurts the economy and does nothing to save lives. Covid is real and very treatable and not very deadly. Losing your job, home and family is the result of this insane lockdown.

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      David Barker

      Friday, November 20, 2020 at 1:58 am

      Australia should keep its borders shut forever.Once opened someone will bring something in.
      What a country

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    Ameila Leary

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Australian authorities are demonstrating their country’s well-assorted preparation to deal with coronavirus infections and assist people with the least number of infections in their country. Where the other nations are rushing for their economies and caring about their people least, Australia reveals how much they care for their well-being’s and also seeks ways to boost their economy.

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      Thomas Gotschalk

      Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Hahaha… Great sarcasm. Premium trolling.:-)

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      Andrew

      Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Even dead bodies will have to rot for at least a week longer and ‘guests’ at Pepper’s hotel will stay there for 4 weeks, the first and longest quarantine in the world. Just crazy.

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    Matk

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Well i can tell you as a South Australian here that this outbreak started from an Australian returning from the UK and being quarrantined in a city hotel.
    People here are angry and furious that this has happened after so many govt claims that all will be ok. Next door in Victoria the state was locked down for 3 months because the same thing happened. Massive damage to the economy and peoples income and mental health. Its a huge country and returning Australians need to be quarrantined well away from other people and not in city hotels.

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    Andrew

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Even dead bodies will have to rot for at least a week longer and ‘guests’ at Peppers hotel will stay there for 4 weeks, the first and longest quarantine in the world. Just crazy.

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    Don R

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    And they’ll be back on lockdown again and again and again and again because… covid is here to stay! Experts told us this in February. Nothing you could do now will eradicate it, so time to put on the big boy pants and accept the small risk.

    More people are dying from the response than the virus, and in a few years it won’t even be close.
    It’ll easily be 10 deaths for every 1 covid death. In other words, if you push covid hysteria, you’re responsible for killing people. That’s berry berry sad.

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