SA’s hard border with WA has been dropped immediately after today’s transition committee meeting.

More than 1300 people can leave quarantine but those who were in Perth’s hot spots will need to get a test on days one, five and 12 and isolate until they get their first negative test result.

The border was put into place after a hotel quarantine worker tested positive for the virus in Perth.

Premier Steven Marshall said, “We’re very satisfied with the information that is coming in from Western Australia and a decision was made to remove the hard border arrangement with Western Australia immediately,” Marshall said.

“This will be a massive, massive relief to in excess of 1300 people who have been doing the quarantine here in our state and can I say a massive thank you to each and every one of those,” Marshall said.

SA deputy chief health officer Dr Emily Kirkpatrick has confirmed a man in hotel quarantine tested positive for the South African strain in a man in his 40s.

“As with all travellers coming into South Australia, it is a requirement to have a negative COVID test presented before they can board the plane and I can confirm that this individual did have a negative test, so we are very certain that this is a very new-onset infection that was picked up on a day one test.

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“This individual has not been in one of our LHNs (local health networks) or our public hospitals and they’re otherwise clinically stable.”

Those with the UK and South African strain need to quarantine for longer due to the rapid spreading strain.

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