Coronavirus: Pizza worker’s ‘lie’ forced South Australia lockdown

Pizza worker's 'lie' forced South Australia lockdown
Adelaide went into lockdown with the rest of South Australia on Wednesday. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: South Australia decided to enter a state-wide lockdown after learning a man, according to police, with Covid-19 had lied about his link to a pizza shop.

The strict six-day lockdown began on Wednesday after the state detected 36 Covid-19 infections, including its first locally acquired cases since April.

But authorities said the order would have been avoided if a man had told health officials he had worked “several” shifts at a pizza shop.

He had said he was a customer there.

On Friday, state Premier Steven Marshall said: “To say I am fuming is an understatement.”

Australia has relied on widespread testing, aggressive contact tracing and lockdowns to push daily infections close to zero.

Mr Marshall added: “We are absolutely livid with the actions of this individual and we will be looking very carefully at what consequences there [are] going to be.”

But South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said that would not include police action against the man because there was “no penalty associated with telling lies”.

Mr Stevens said: ”This person’s failure to be truthful with contact tracers means his close associates – who we understand he’s had close contact with – haven’t been identified and are currently in the community,”

Despite such concerns, officials in the South Australian state said they would lift the lockdown on Saturday – three days earlier than planned – after recording only three new cases on Friday.

Police did not identify the man so far, but said he worked at the Woodville Pizza Bar in Adelaide.

Mr Stevens said: “There are all sorts of things we are considering at this point,” when asked by reporters if the shop may need extra security because of public anger.

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