Coronavirus: South Australia goes on high alert after community transmission

Tanya Simon
November 16, 2020

Anyone from Adelaide who arrives into Queensland today will need get tested and quarantine for 14 days in accommodation of their choice.

The mandatory provisions will kick in from 11.59pm tonight. However, a South Australian cluster has grown to 17 after the state recorded its first locally-acquired case in nearly three months on Sunday when a woman in her 80s tested positive.

"I think it's unlikely that virus was circulating prior to last Monday", she said.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said there was no medical advice supporting the swift move.

This meant that Paine, Matthew Wade and their team-mates in the Tasmania squad, which recently completed the opening round of Sheffield Shield matches in South Australia, had to go into isolation.

Adelaide recorded 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and Monday, prompting the closure of two schools and a fast-food restaurant and other states and territories to impose new travel restrictions.

The changes are expected to be in place for two weeks. However, NSW will not close its borders.

Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia.

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In Tasmania, Premier Peter Gutwein has urged those considering travelling to Tasmania from South Australia to "defer their travel" until the SA cluster is "completely understood".

Their Test captain Tim Paine has also been asked to self-quarantine himself after returning from South Australia.

South Australia last detected a Covid-19 cluster outside border quarantine in August, when health authorities swiftly prevented the small handful of cases spreading using similar measures.

South Australia state reported four cases had been detected in Adelaide on Sunday, before the cluster grew sharply overnight to 17 people Monday - the largest there since April.

A sudden coronavirus cluster has emerged in the Australian city of Adelaide today after seven months without a significant outbreak there, with the virus again escaping from the country's hotel quarantine system.

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