South Australia on alert after three new cases of Covid-19

Australian Associated Press
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South Australia has three new cases of locally acquired Covid-19 after a worker from a quarantine hotel infected family members.

An 80-year-old woman was diagnosed on Saturday and a woman in her 50s and man in his 60s were diagnosed on Sunday, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier told reporters this afternoon.

“One of those people works in our medi-hotels,” Prof Spurrier said.

“This is where we consider the source to be.”

South Australian Chief Public Health Officer Dr Nicola Spurrier called it a "wake-up call". Source: Getty
South Australian Chief Public Health Officer Dr Nicola Spurrier called it a "wake-up call". Source: Getty

Prof Spurrier said it was a “wake-up call” and said it was entirely possible there will be more cases to come.

“I am expecting we will have more cases, which is why I am absolutely warning South Australians: this is a wake-up call — if you have respiratory symptoms, you've got to get tested,” she said.

Contact tracing is underway as authorities try to prevent a cluster from forming in the community.

Of the 522 cases so far identified in South Australia, only nine have been locally acquired, The Adelaide Advertiser reported Sunday. This is the first in months.

It also comes just days after South Australian Premier Steven Marshall announced plans to reopen borders to Victoria on December 1.

"This (hard border closure) has been in place for an extended period of time and it's been important to keep our state safe," Mr Marshall said on Friday.

"It has been our first line of defence."

The change was confirmed at a meeting of the state's transition committee, which will meet again later this week to review a range of local coronavirus measures.

South Australia also reopened its borders to NSW in September.

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