Covid-19: South Australia to enter ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown

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The state of South Australia will enter an instantaneous six-day lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus outbreak discovered days ago.

The state has detected 36 cases since infections were found in Adelaide on Sunday, the primary community cases detected in six months.

Authorities say the “circuit breaker” measures were necessary to prevent the virus’ spread “at the beginning”.

Australia has previously also responded aggressively to small outbreaks.

How Melbourne’s long lockdown crushed a second wave
Various state governments have sometimes closed parts of the economy, enforced border restrictions and other measures to prevent the virus’ spread.

The lockdown, to start in the dark on Wednesday, comes just weeks after neighbouring state Victoria beat a second wave, which caused about 800 deaths.

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South Australia’s restrictions from Thursday 19 November

People must stay home and can’t leave for exercise
Mask-wearing to be mandatory publicly
All schools and universities closed apart from children of essential workers
Shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs closed with no takeaway options
Bans on regional travel
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There would be an extra eight days of lesser restrictions following the “six day pause”, officials said.

Almost immediately after the lockdown announcement, images on social media showed people queuing at supermarkets to shop for toilet tissue and other supplies.

Authorities had urged people to avoid panic-buying, confirming supermarkets and pharmacies would remain open.

Huge crowds have already filled shopping centres at Port Pirie. After the government announced tough new restrictions to fight a coronavirus cluster in #Adelaide. @abcadelaide @abcnews pic.twitter.com/rAp3tiQpo7

— Gary-Jon Lysaght (@GJLysaght) November 18, 2020
South Australia’s Premier Stephen Marshall called on residents to “rise to the challenge again” within the sudden, second lockdown.

“We need a breaker to remain before this,” he said. “We need breathing space for contact tracing to guard the elderly, to guard the vulnerable, to guard our entire community.”

On Wednesday, the state reported two new cases out of 9,500 tests. Officials said it had been a “small but critical” number.

Most Australian states had already moved in the week to shut their borders to South Australian residents.

Quarantine leaks
Like Victoria’s outbreak, the re-emergence of the virus in South Australia has come from a hotel quarantine site. This has prompted re-examination of quarantine safety measures.

Officials said a cleaner had become infected and spread it to people within the area people .

Australia closed its borders to international travellers in March but has allowed citizens and permanent residents to return home if they undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine during a hotel.

About one-fifth of the country’s cases are found in returning travellers.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday said South Australia’s speedy move “draws on lessons from earlier outbreak experiences”.

Australia, which has reported 907 deaths and about 28,000 cases had in recent weeks seen its cases drop to close zero after Victoria’s successful suppression of the virus.

However that effort had required a stringent four-month lockdown of capital Melbourne, where residents couldn’t freely leave their homes and faced a curfew.

The state was ready to reduce its case rate to zero from a peak of 700 new cases per day therein period. Its full lockdown began when nearly 100 new cases were being reported per day.
The state of South Australia will enter an instantaneous six-day lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus outbreak discovered days ago.

The state has detected 36 cases since infections were found in Adelaide on Sunday, the primary community cases detected in six months.

Authorities say the “circuit breaker” measures were necessary to prevent the virus’ spread “at the beginning”.

Australia has previously also responded aggressively to small outbreaks.

How Melbourne’s long lockdown crushed a second wave
Various state governments have sometimes closed parts of the economy, enforced border restrictions and other measures to prevent the virus’ spread.

The lockdown, to start in the dark on Wednesday, comes just weeks after neighbouring state Victoria beat a second wave, which caused about 800 deaths.

Source: BBC News

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