South Australia has rushed to reintroduce a range of restrictions as it scrambles to contain a fresh outbreak of COVID-19.
The state has recorded 18 new cases in the last 24 hours, including 13 linked to a family cluster in Adelaide.
Five were reported in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
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There are 34 active cases in the state ranging from a one-year old child to a man in his 80s.
Testing is being ramped up across the state while contact tracing efforts have also been beefed up.
“We are now facing our biggest test to date but we can and we must rise to this new challenge.,” SA Premier Steven Marshall said.
“We have world-leading health experts and world-leading systems that have helped keep South Australia safe and strong.
“I want to assure all South Australians that we are working around the clock to stay ahead of this cluster.”
In a bid to stop a second wave, Mr Marshall has announced new restrictions across the state.
Gyms will be forced to close while new caps have been introduced for pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants, weddings and funerals.
Gatherings in private homes will also be restricted to just ten people.
The state will also suspend all international flights for at least the next week.
“Time is now of the essence and we must act swiftly and decisively. We cannot wait to see how bad this gets. We must act swiftly and decisively on the health advice to stay ahead of the game today.”
The cluster has been linked to one of Adelaide’s quarantine hotels with three staff at one facility, including two security guards, among those testing positive.
All staff at the quarantine hotels will now be tested weekly.
South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier admits the state is on the cusp of a second wave and the next few days are critical.
“But we haven’t got the second wave yet. We are in very very early days,” Professor Spurrier said
“So the first thing we need to do is from my team’s point of view is that testing contact tracing and getting people into quarantine very very quickly.”