SA will ban exemptions to mandatory COVID-19 quarantine periods on compassionate grounds going forward.

The news comes following controversy around the granting of a quarantine exemption to a British traveller who entered the state on Sunday after having only quarantined for about half the mandatory fortnight.

The state government will now move to ban any exemptions on compassionate grounds for overseas travellers, however, domestic visitors from interstate will still be permitted.

Premier Steven Marshall said that he wants to make sure nobody slips through the cracks before granting any more exemptions.

“We’re going to make sure we have air-tight systems going forward before we grant further exemptions for people coming from overseas,” Premier Marshall said today.

22 people have been granted entry to SA from overseas on compassionate grounds, approximately half of those were entering South Australia to attend a funeral.

The Premier went on to praise the way SA Health has handled the pandemic along with the previous arrival of international travellers.

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The woman’s was South Australia’s 440th confirmed case of COVID-19 and the first in SA for almost three weeks.

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