Pizza Worker's Coronavirus Lie Put 1.8 Million Australians Into Lockdown Unnecessarily

Clay Curtis
November 22, 2020

"We are not out of the woods yet", South Australia Premier Steven Marshall said at a televised press conference. The man in question was believed to have contracted the virus at Woodville Pizza Bar in Adelaide during a brief visit to pick up food, raising concerns of a highly contagious strain, per CNN.

On Saturday, South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens revealed more details about the worker and confirmed police were investigating the shop further.

Earlier this week, it emerged that a hotel employee who tested positive to COVID-19 lied about his employment situation, telling contact tracers that he merely picked up takeaway from the Woodville Pizza Bar when in fact, he had worked several shifts there. Around 5,400 who were in close contact with the infected persons were placed under quarantine. "This is the one element that pushed us from the level of restrictions we were implementing on Tuesday to a much harsher regime".

"One of the close contacts linked to the Woodville pizza bar deliberately misled our contact-tracing team", Marshall told reporters.

"The Emergency Management Act requires people to provide information on request", he said.

"Everybody regrets the actions that we have had to take", he said.

South Australia will be lifting its six-day lockdown early after only one new case was recorded today.

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The new case is the partner of an existing case and is already in quarantine.

"I landed last Sunday afternoon, then I woke up the next day to see the new cases in the state", she said.

After seven months of no community transmission, the renewed outbreak in the north of the capital city, Adelaide, spurred the strict lockdown, as a cluster eventually grew to 25 infections.

It turns out, however, that he had been in close contact with the shop's security guard, who was among an outbreak of 36 positive cases in Adelaide. NSW recorded its first 14-day streak of no locally transmitted coronavirus cases since the Crossroads Hotel cluster sparked a resurgence of the virus in the state.

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier released modelling she said showed South Australia was at risk of a major "second wave" before the lockdown was announced this week.

The premier added he was proud of every single South Australian.

While authorities are clearly not very happy with the individual, there is also concern that there may be recriminations against his employer, with a police vehicle remaining parked outside the Woodville Pizza Bar to guard it.

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