Coronavirus crisis: Spanish man may be deported after causing South Australian lockdown

Coronavirus crisis: Spanish man may be deported after causing South Australian lockdown

New details have been revealed about the man who sparked South Australia’s hard lockdown.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the investigation into the Woodville Pizza Bar was still in its early stages, but the “primary person of interest” was a 36-year-old man of Spanish origin.

The man is lawfully in Australia on a temporary graduate visa, which is due to expire in mid-December.

“We are interested in speaking to at least two other people, who we believe can assist us with our inquiries,” Commissioner Stevens told reporters on Saturday.

“Had this person been more upfront with us, we would not have instituted a six-day lockdown.

“This is the one element that pushed us from the level of restrictions we were implementing on Tuesday to a much harsher regime.”

Asked if the man would be deported when his visa expired, Commissioner Stevens said: “Whatever occurs in relation to his status as a person in Australia will be subject to the outcome of our investigation process.”

Twenty detectives are working on the case.

Commissioner Stevens said he and chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier were satisfied they made the right call at the time based on the information available.

“To be clear, the decision to lockdown hard … was not based on the interview with one man,” Prof Spurrier said.

“We would never make those decisions in isolation with just one piece of information — it’s very complex.”

Prof Spurrier said SA had recorded one new case of COVID-19 overnight, as SA prepared to end its hard six-day lockdown early on Saturday night.…

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