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South Australia lockdown to end early, after man lied about how he contracted virus

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A strict 6-day lockdown for South Australia will end early, as officials reveal an infected pizza parlour worker lied about how he contracted the virus. South Australia Premier, Steven Marshall, says a chef employed at a pizza business that was found to have a cluster of infections, misled officials.

The worker told contact-tracers that he was a customer of the pizza parlour’s, leading them to conclude the virus had spread beyond the workplace and could possibly be transmitted through pizza takeaway boxes.

“One of the close contacts linked to the Woodville pizza bar deliberately misled our contact-tracing team. Their story didn’t add up. We pursued them. We now know that they lied.”

Despite the hiccup, officials say all customers of the pizza parlour should still come forward to be tested and argue that the circuit breaker introduced on Wednesday was necessary. The lockdown, originally planned for 6 days, closed all schools, bars, shops, factories and restaurants, with residents ordered to stay at home. Dog walking, exercise, and running basic errands were all banned.

The announcement led to traffic chaos, as residents raced to leave the state and get to New South Wales or Victoria before the lockdown took hold. Thousands of subsequent Covid tests showed there was no community transmission and infections were a cluster of 25. As the information came to light, the government was accused of overreacting.

Effective immediately, people can once again leave home to exercise, with other restrictions being lifted from midnight on Saturday.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Glenn

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    hmmpf, pizza guy lied and the govt went nuts! in a normal world there would have been investigation and vetting FIRST, and only then if proven might the govt react.

    too bad they haven’t and won’t look at the WHO and the WEF for lying and running the biggest scam on the planet.

  2. AI

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    To Glenn –

    Being the biggest “scum” helps them to engineer the biggest “scam”‘ever.

  3. Brian

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    People need to just start ignoring the draconian restrictions of insane governments. Ignore them, resist, and vote the bastards out ASAP. People must be free to live and pursue their goals.

  4. Al

    Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Agreed Glenn. That headline is …….well, makes no real sense.

    In the good ol’ days, it used to be:-

    Quarantine: restrict movement of sick people.

    Tyranny: restrict movement of healthy people.

  5. Ameila Leary

    Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    People need to be more vigilant and also accountable for doing such reckless stuff, this thing is not to be played like a joke, the infection with COVID-19 is too risky. And it also seems to be so irresponsible and boring Thai govt that a pizza guy lied and the govt went crazy! First, there must have been a thorough investigation and only then could the government respond if confirmed.

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