South Australia scraps lockdown after ‘lie’ discovered

South Australia scraps lockdown after ‘lie’ discovered”

South Australian premier Steven Marshall has imposed lockdown restrictions across the state for six days as health authorities work to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 in the community.

Authorities are now on the search for close contacts of the man, and police are presently stationed outside the pizza joint.

"To say that I am fuming about the actions of this individual is an understatement", Mr Marshall said.

"The selfish actions of this individual have put our whole state in a very hard situation".

"We were operating on a premise that this person had simply gone to a pizza shop, (with) very short exposure and walked away having contracted the virus", Mr Stevens said. We followed them. "We know now that they lied", Marshall told reporters.

In Australia, lockdown has meant that residents have to stay at home with no exemption for outdoor exercise, while most businesses have to close instantly.

"I will not let the disgraceful conduct of a single individual ... keep South Australia in this circuit-breaking conditions one day longer than what is necessary", said Marshall, as he warned that the cluster was "still very dangerous" and residents should keep getting tested.

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As a result, the stay-at-home order will be lifted from midnight tomorrow, while excerise in family groups is now allowed - effective immedaitely.

Stand-up consumption will once again be prohibited outdoors, and group bookings in hospitality venues will be capped at 10 people.

Despite "deliberately" lying to authorities, it's been revealed the man will not face any consequences for his actions.

According to the Premier, the emergency management act requires people to provide information on request but there is no penalty for failing to truthfully answer those questions.

"We are also aiming, on the basis that we are able to put a ring fence around this current level of activity, that we will revert to where we were last Friday, in terms of the level of restrictions that we had in our community, on 1st December at the same time that we are planning to relax borders for the Victorian-South Australian border". People have had their lives upended as a result of information that led us to a course of action that now was not warranted in the circumstances... "We are at a critical point, but we will get through this".

SA has recorded three new Covid-19 cases today, all of which are in quarantine.

A cluster of infections in a northern suburb of the capital city of Adelaide has seen more than 20 cases.

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