South Australian health authorities have revealed the ways in which the state’s 562 confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been contracted.

The good news is that the vast majority of confirmed cases in the state since the beginning of the pandemic have not been transmitted locally.

Only 165 of the 562 total cases have been locally contracted, while the remaining two-thirds of cases were imported from overseas.

So far no cases are known to have been acquired at supermarkets, in pubs or at schools.

Instead, almost all of the local transmissions occurred at family gatherings, with family members in close contact for extended periods.

This stat was exemplified with the recent Parafield cluster, in which 15 people who returned positive tests had attended a family function.

While health authorities had initially concluded that at least one case had been acquired via surface transfer, at the Woodville Pizza Bar, there have been no examples of this happening in SA.


The stats around the stat’s virus transmission come as South Australia prepares to further relax restrictions in the lead-up to the Christmas break.

From Monday, limits on gatherings at private residences will be raised to a maximum of 50 people, while the 1 person per 4 square metre density limits at hospitality venues will make way for 1 person per 2 square metre limits.

There are currently no active, confirmed cases of the virus in South Australia.

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