Just one new case of the coronavirus has been linked to the outbreak in South Australia overnight, Premier Steven Marshall says.
Authorities are scrambling to contact trace and contain a Covid-19 cluster in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, which prompted sweeping new restrictions across the state yesterday.
The new diagnosis brings the number of confirmed and suspected infections associated with the Parafield cluster to 20.
Marshall said it was a good result, with thousands of people tested since the cluster was discovered.
“If we reflect on the last 24 hours, today there’s just been the one new infection despite the fact that we have essentially done the contact tracing for the people that are infected,” Marshall told ABC Radio Adelaide this morning.
“[We have] put a lot of people, I’m talking hundreds and hundreds of people, in isolation, subjected them to a test, and at this stage, just one new infection,” he said.
The Premier urged anyone with even the mildest symptoms to get tested, and flagged a further update on case numbers this afternoon.
“Thousands of people were tested yesterday … I’m very grateful for that,” he said.
“They do not want a second wave here and they’re prepared to do whatever it takes.
“Data is absolute king during these outbreaks [and] time is of the essence.”
Restrictions may extend beyond initial fortnight
SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said the new coronavirus restrictions – which include limits on gatherings in homes and licensed venues and a temporary ban on community sport – may continue beyond the initial two-week period if it becomes clear there has been major community transmission.
She said a “large number” of people were in quarantine or isolation across Adelaide.
Professor Spurrier asked South Australians to limit their interactions with other people to help contain the outbreak.
“I really want people to think about whether they need to go out and about for the next couple of days [and] for the next week,” she said.
“It’s very important for people to reduce the amount of travel.
“What we want people to do is monitor for symptoms … even if it’s just a sniffle. Don’t go ‘oh, it’s hay fever’ – go and get a test.”
SA Health has released a list of dozens of locations across Adelaide where people could have become infected.
Authorities have urged people to get tested if they have developed symptoms after visiting those locations.
Meanwhile, most Australian states and territories have instituted quarantine or self-isolation orders for people travelling from SA, or for those who arrived from the state within the past seven days.
As of yesterday afternoon, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Western Australia had announced specific measures for people arriving from SA.
New South Wales and the ACT will keep their borders open.