Authorities believe there’s been ‘no breach’ as SA COVID cluster grows

South Australian authorities say there’s been no breach at hotel quarantine, as they battle to contain a growing coronavirus cluster in Adelaide.

There’s been just one new case of the virus diagnosed overnight, with the cluster now at 18 people.

Patient zero is understood to be a worker at a medi-hotel, sparking concerns Adelaide could be headed for a second wave similar to Victoria.


However, authorities have begun investigations into how the worker may have become infected, so far believing there hasn’t been a breach in protocols.

Investigations are continuing. But the family member who worked at the medi-hotel didn’t have direct contact with residents,” SA Health Minister Steven Wade told the ABC this morning.

“They were involved in back-of-house. We know that the COVID-19 can be transmitted through surface infections.

“And as I said, it’s a highly infectious virus. We have, even in an acute hospital environment, where highly trained professionals are using full PPE, viruses are still contracted. 

“The investigations will continue. But we’re constantly looking at ways to improve our medi-hotel safety,” he said.

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