South Australia dodged coronavirus ‘catastrophe’, Premier says

South Australia dodged coronavirus 'catastrophe', Premier says

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall says the state has avoided a coronavirus “catastrophe” amid the Adelaide virus outbreak.

There are no new cases linked to the Parafield cluster, and only one new case today in a returned traveller from overseas.

About 77,000 tests have been carried out this week, including 16,928 yesterday.

At 12:01am today, the stay-at-home order was lifted, as were a slew of other restrictions including a ban on weddings and funerals, and the closure of all schools, except those teaching the children of essential workers.

The Government aims to relax them to pre-cluster levels at the start of December.

“We have avoided a catastrophic situation in our state by following the unequivocal health advice,” Mr Marshall said.

He said there has been no community transmission — coronavirus cases where the source is unknown — and every case has been traced.

Anyone in South Australia is still urged to get tested as soon as they develop even the mildest symptoms.

Modelling showed risk of ‘very significant’ second wave

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier released modelling she said showed South Australia was at risk of a major “second wave” before the lockdown was announced this week.

She said the model showed a small “but not negligible” chance that new case numbers would have risen above 200 per day without the strict lockdown that was imposed.

“We were looking at facing a second wave here,” Professor Spurrier said.…

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