The harshest lockdown of Southern Australia was triggered by a lie officials have said.
Lockdown lifted in Southern Australia: Contact tracers were told the lie which led them to believe that a man had contracted a harsh new strain of COVID-19. Following news of the false alarm the lockdown is now being lifted. Just 2 days after being put into place. The trouble all started when one man, who was linked to a pizza bar that had been tied to the outbreak of 36 cases, told contact tracers that he had only popped in to pick up his pizza and had contracted the virus.
However, it transpired that the man actually worked there. Authorities had assumed that the man had contracted a deadlier form of the coronavirus as he had only been in the bar a few minutes. South Australia state Premier, Steven Marshall, said “His story didn’t add up. We pursued him and now know that he had lied. To say I am fuming about the actions of this individual is an absolute understatement. The selfish actions of this individual have put our whole state in a very difficult situation.”
Later, Marshall went on to say that restrictions will be lifted by midnight on Saturday. Meaning people were now free to move around again and businesses will re-open. Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said there was “no penalty” for lying to tracers under the current law. Though that would likely be reviewed.
He said “I think it is stating the obvious to say that this person’s actions had a devastating impact on our community. The hardship is not lost on us.”
However, New cases in the state are due to continue rising over the next few days. As people are contacted who may have visited the Woodville Pizza Bar.
Additionally, Australia as a whole has been very successful in containing cases of the virus with only 95 cases currently active. The state of Victoria on Friday reported its 21st day of zero cases. Also, a well-earned reward for a marathon lockdown of the country’s second-largest city, Melbourne. Australia has recorded about 900 deaths and 28,000 infections in total.
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