SA writes more virus rules for Melbourne | before attorney from Gloucester


South Australians flock to COVID-19 test stations as a group of cases in Melbourne continues to grow and border restrictions mount.

Long queues were reported in several centers on Wednesday for fear the outbreak could spread to SA.

Urgent tests include AFL players and Port Adelaide staff who went to the MCG over the weekend after it was confirmed that someone with coronavirus was in the crowd.

Power fans who have traveled from SA to Melbourne for the game will also be screened.

The rush comes as SA health officials prepare to release a report on a Victorian man trapping COVID-19 in hotel quarantine in Adelaide.

The man’s case is believed to have sparked the Melbourne outbreak.

The report is unlikely to reveal any major security breaches at the Playford Hotel in Adelaide as food delivery is a possible cause of the infection.

Emily Kirkpatrick, deputy chief of the public health department, said it was important that the operation of the hotel quarantine system be fully transparent.

“It is very, very important that we emphasize that hotel quarantine is a high risk business and we need to make sure that any reports we send to the community have been vetted and provide accurate information,” she said.

“(The report) will definitely be published.”

Prime Minister Steven Marshall said the government believed it had taken every possible precaution with the hotel quarantine system, but if the report found even stricter levels of protection they would be implemented immediately.

“This will be a very important report, but we want to get it right, not rashly,” he said.

“I think we have been very open and transparent about everything related to COVID management since day one.”

Also on Wednesday, the SA imposed travel restrictions on people arriving from the greater Melbourne area. These people must have a virus test within 24 hours and self-isolate until they are negative.

Further testing is required on days five and 13.

They are also banned from risk areas and are not allowed to attend events with 1000 or more people.

The restrictions are in addition to those already imposed on high risk locations in Melbourne, with the SA border closed to people who have visited it at certain times.

They’re coming after Melbourne’s cluster has grown to 15 cases.

Australian Associated Press


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