1 new COVID-19 case linked to South Australian outbreak

Source: Xinhua| 2020-11-17 10:29:20|Editor: huaxia

CANBERRA, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- South Australia (SA) has recorded one new case of COVID-19 as new restrictions came into effect to tackle an outbreak in the state.

Steven Marshall, the Premier of SA, said on Tuesday morning that authorities had confirmed one more case of COVID-19 overnight, taking the number of cases linked to the outbreak to 20.

He urged any South Australian with even mild symptoms to get tested.

"If we reflect on the last 24 hours, today there's just been the one new infection despite the fact that we have essentially done the contact tracing for the people that are infected," he told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio.

He said that thousands of people were tested on Monday.

"They do not want a second wave here and they're prepared to do whatever it takes."

He confirmed that he has accepted an offer to deploy the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to the state to help with contact tracing and rapid testing.

As of Tuesday sweeping restrictions were reinstated across the state including the forced closure of gyms and recreation centers and new limits on capacities for hospitality venues.

Nicola Spurrier, the state's Chief Health Officer, said the restrictions would be lifted when SA Health advises it is safe to do so.

"What I want people to do is continue to get tested if they wake up with a sore throat or runny nose," she said on Tuesday. Enditem