Police in South Australia ended a 6-day lockdown after believing a man who had only gone to buy a pizza tested positive for Covid in such a short time.
The man later confessed that he was not a customer but that he worked part-time at the pizzeria.
The man lied about his pizza job and instead said he just went there to buy pizza as a customer. His false claims lead to further misinformation, with officials fearing the virus is highly contagious because it was contracted from a short exposure.
Nearly 22 new cases were linked to the Parafield cluster, including a positive case who was a pizza worker in Woodville, a western suburb of Adelaide on Wednesday.
The pizzeria was delivering through a number of outside services such as Uber Eats and there were concerns that these drivers may have contracted the virus and spread it to dozens of households.
While the Australian state of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales have not recorded any new cases of Covid-19, South Australia faces a strict lockdown after a cluster of 22 cases have been identified this week.
State Prime Minister Steven Marshall announced new restrictions for six days since Thursday to slow the spread of the virus.
He urged the population to be patient even though the state did not register any new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday.
“We want to get in early, we want to hit the head. We don’t need 112 days of lockdown like they did in Victoria. It’s been six days and by working together we can get over that,” Marshall said. .
In total, there are 35 active cases in South Australia, including those in hotel quarantine, and more than 4,000 people are in isolation.
Meanwhile, New South Wales has not recorded any new locally transmitted infections, with just three cases found in hotel quarantine. Queensland and Victoria have also recorded no new cases.
Victoria recorded her 21st consecutive day without a new coronavirus case, but health officials are investigating a low-positive test result that could be a case of virus shedding.
To date, more than 27,720 positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported nationwide since the outbreak of the pandemic. More than 25,300 recoveries have been reported and the death toll stands at 907, officials said.
(With PTI inputs)
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