South Australia will move into a 7-day snap lockdown as health authorities confirm two more cases connected to an emerging cluster.
Premier Steven Marshall announced in a press conference on Tuesday that the state will go into lockdown from 6pm Tuesday evening.
The restrictions will mean that South Australians will only have five reasons to leave the home, they are:
- Care and compassionate reasons
- Essential work
- Purchase of essential goods
- Medical reasons, including vaccination and COVID-19 testing
- Exercise, limited to groups of people from the same household
Schools will close to all students over the course of the lockdown, with construction also put on hold across the state.
The Premier flagged that health authorities are “extremely concerned about developments this morning,” while explaining the reasoning behind the stay-at-home order.
Two more cases were confirmed since Monday afternoon’s revelations of an emerging cluster in the city’s north-east, with tests confirming cases are of the highly contagious Delta variant.
“We hate putting these restrictions in place … but we have just one chance to get this right,” Mr Marshall told reporters.
“If you think about the logic of what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to limit movement. That is the message to the people of South Australia.”