South Australia in lockdown restrictions from 6PM on Tuesday after Steven Marshall reports fifth new SA COVID-19 case

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South Australia will go into seven-day lockdown from 6pm Tuesday after recording its fifth COVID-19 case.

Premier Steven Marshall announced the new restrictions on Tuesday morning after announcing the latest coronavirus case was a person who dined at The Greek on Halifax on Saturday night.

Marshall confirmed the diner tested positive to the Delta variant.

“This is the delta variant we are dealing with here in South Australia,” he said.

“If we let this run too much longer, we could be in an extended lockdown situation in South Australia.

“We have to act decisively, we have to act quickly”.

SA lockdown restrictions

There are five reasons residents can leave their home, including:

  • for care and compassion reasons
  • for essential work
  • to purchase essential goods, such as food
  • for medical reasons, including COVID-19 vaccination and testing
  • for exercise, limited to two people per household
Premier Steven Marshall says the coronavirus situation in South Australia is of great concern. Credit: AAP

The news comes hours after the state began a round of tough new restrictions and authorities race to contain an outbreak of infections amid a growing list of exposure sites.

Earlier on Monday, Marshall told Adelaide radio 5AA ahead of the official briefing on Tuesday the fourth case identified overnight was a man who’s a close contact of the elderly man and was already in quarantine.

An 81-year-old man who entered the country from Argentina, his daughter and another two men were confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

Marshall also said more testing sites would open in Adelaide on Thursday amid long queues at testing facilities on Monday and early Tuesday.

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