SA’s COVID restrictions depend on community transmission, police commissioner warns

The South Australia Police Commissioner said it would only take a single case of COVID-19 to return the state to tighter restrictions.

As of Tuesday evening, authorities were set to announce a series of tougher restrictions for the state – but Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said that was on hold for now.

Stevens says authorities will monitor everything again coronavirus Close-up case, with community transmission seen as the pin in the grenade of potential restrictions.

“I wouldn’t say people should expect changes,” he said.

“But they have to be prepared for changes if we see a continued seeding of COVID-19 within the South Australian community.

“If we receive devastating news within 24 hours indicating community transmission, we will need to act quickly. “

Return restrictions

New restrictions on alcohol consumption went into effect at midnight on Tuesday, with alcohol only allowed while seated.

Customers should also be physically seated away from any bar or area where orders are taken.

File image of beer shot in a pub. Credit: Tune weak/Getty Images

Home rallies were also capped at 10, down from 50 previously.

Those numbers include household members, but Stevens says some leniency will be given to large families.

Fears subside

Fears of community transmission eased somewhat on Wednesday after the infection of a 20-year-old woman was deemed a false positive.

The woman’s test had been done in a private lab and she had since been retested by SA Pathology, Spurrier said.

“We have now confirmed that it is negative,” she said.

“My team spent all Tuesday trying to figure out what was going on and we couldn’t find a cause.

“We couldn’t find a connection to anyone from Victoria.”

There have now been a total of 456 cases of COVID-19 in South Australia, of which only eight are considered active.

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