Sumary of SA has avoided lockdown since November — here's a look at how it got caught out:
- A week ago, South Australia still looked like a haven of sorts, as Australia’s eastern states battled major coronavirus outbreaks.
- Even after a trio of Sydney removalists triggered a COVID-19 scare in the town of Tailem Bend, SA was considered safe enough for the Super Netball League to set up a hub in Adelaide.
- (ABC News: Tony Hill)An elderly traveller who recently returned from overseas, but acquired the virus in NSW, is at the epicentre of South Australia’s second statewide lockdown.
- Sunday, July 18The 81-year-old man, who has a medical condition, had recently returned from South America.
- But the pair were not able to make it back to Australia until June.
- He travelled to South Australia on July 8. At that stage, most arrivals from New South Wales were required to quarantine at home for 14 days, but the traveller was spared because his hospital stay had been considered part of his hotel quarantine.
- (ABC News: Jason Om)From genomic testing, South Australian authorities suspect the man contracted the virus in Sydney, but do not know where.
- South Australian authorities have imposed a 2.5-kilometre travel limit on residents during the state’s lockdown.