The Spanish pizza bar worker at the centre of South Australia’s brief lockdown is reportedly unaware of the media and public attention aimed at him right now.
The 36-year-old man who is reportedly on a temporary graduate visa in Australia is currently quarantining in a city medi-hotel, but with an ongoing investigation into his misleading of contact tracers, police were granted a warrant to seize his devices.
Last week, the spotlight was pointed squarely at the Spanish national when health authorities shared the news that he had lied to SA contact tracers about buying a take-away pizza from the Woodville Pizza Bar.
In truth, the man had been working at the pizza bar alongside another man, a worker from the Peppers medi-hotel in the city, who was infectious with the virus.
News of the misinformation made international headlines, with many media outlets apportioning the blame for the implementation and then premature lifting of South Australia’s strict three-day lockdown.
Despite the attention, the man’s lawyer says that his client is unaware of just how much focus there is on him right now. It is not known whether the man has access to television and radio in his room in lieu of his mobile devices.
South Australia Police are continuing their investigation into the matter to determine whether any alleged criminal actions took place. SAPOL have noted that the man has been cooperative with their investigation.