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Tue, 17 Nov, 2020

"We are going in hard, early": How SA are tackling the newest outbreak

"We are going in hard, early": How SA are tackling the newest outbreak

South Australia has recorded just one new case of coronavirus overnight, linked to the family cluster at the centre of the fresh outbreak.

The update was issued at 7 am on Tuesday in what seems to be great news as health authorities scramble to take control of emerging COVID-19 cases.

There is concern the state may go through a second wave of the highly infectious virus.

All international flights to Adelaide have been suspended while the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland have closed their borders to the state.

New South Wales will remain open and Victoria, too, despite deeming SA a "hotspot".

New restrictions have also been put in place, coming into effect at midnight. 

Premier Steven Marshall said the restrictions are set to be put in place for two weeks.

"Of course, if we can remove them earlier, we certainly will."

  • Pubs, clubs and restaurants now have a 100-person limit; private functions are capped at 50 and there is to be no stand-up drinking. The four
  • Recreation centres, play centres and gyms are now closed — though with outdoor boot camps permitted, some are moving classes outside.
  • Community sports fixtures and training have been temporarily suspended, for both indoor and outdoor sports.
  • Funeral are capped at 50 people; church services are limited to 100 people; wedding guests must register with the communicable diseases control branch.
  • Home gatherings are limited to 10 people.
  • Masks must be worn by beauty providers, and are encouraged for clients.
Those who can work from home are encouraged to, and people have been asked to avoid unnecessary travel, and wear a mask where social distancing is not possible.

Schools will remain open.

"To everyone who has gone to get tested and acted on advice to self-isolate, thank you," Marshall said in a statement shared on social media last night.

"As we've seen interstate and overseas, this virus has the ability to spread thick and fast. It's a nasty virus and it's not going to go away until we have a vaccine. That's why we can never get complacent.

"Social distancing, hand hygiene, getting tested and respecting restrictions are our strongest line of defence.

"We are not waiting. We are going in hard, early. This cluster won't define us. It won't ruin all the hard work we've done if we continue to work together."