SA virus outbreak remains ‘very dangerous’

South Australia’s coronavirus outbreak has not resulted in any fresh cases of community transmission but the state is not yet out of the woods, Premier Steven Marshall says.

Just one new case was confirmed on Saturday, a man linked to the now 26-strong suburban Adelaide cluster at Parafield, who was already in quarantine after his partner tested positive.

All known cases linked to the outbreak have been traced to close contacts.


SA’s strict lockdown ends at midnight on Saturday, although a range of measures will remain to limit crowds at venues including pubs and restaurants.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” Mr Marshall told reporters.

“The expert health advice we have received is that we are still managing a very dangerous cluster.

“Although we are reducing those restrictions, we are still very concerned. There are still many people that we need to identify.”

Authorities are yet to contact about 40 people linked to the outbreak.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said investigators were speaking to a pizza shop worker who lied to contact tracers about his whereabouts, sparking the lockdown.

He is a 36-year-old man believed to be from Spain who is living in Australia on a temporary graduate visa.

“It is fair to say that had this person been more up front with us we would not have instituted a six-day lockdown,” Commissioner Stevens said.

Police also want to speak to two other people of interest as part of the investigation which is being undertaken by 20 detectives.

More than 19,000 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Friday and some 5400 people remain in isolation as a result of the cluster.

Mr Marshall said compensation for businesses hit by the lockdown was not being contemplated by the state government at this time.

He was unapologetic about the decision to send SA into lockdown.

“Experts … presented us with information and we acted swiftly and decisively to keep the people of South Australia protected,” he said.

Health officials say anyone who was at steel supplier SA Structural from 7.30am to 3.30pm on November 12 should isolate and get a test.

Students can return to school on Monday but people are being encouraged to continue working from home for the next eight to 10 days if possible.

There are 37 active cases across SA.

© AAP 2020