Coronavirus: South Australia imposes lockdown due to Pizza worker’s ‘lie’
Australia decided to impose a state-wide lockdown after learning a man with coronavirus had lied about his connection with a pizza shop.
As per the details, the strict lockdown started on Wednesday as 36 new infections were detected.
Authorities said that the order would have been avoided if a man had told health officials he had worked “several” shifts at a pizza shop.
He had said that he was a customer at the pizza shop. “To say I am fuming is an understatement,” state Premier Steven Marshall told reporters on Friday.
Mr. Marshall further said, “We are absolutely livid with the actions of this individual and we will be looking very carefully at what consequences there [are] going to be.”
South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said that would not include police action against the man because there was “no penalty associated with telling lies”.
“This person’s failure to be truthful with contact tracers means his close associates – who we understand he’s had close contact with – haven’t been identified and are currently in the community,” Mr. Stevens said.
State officials said that lockdown would be lifted on Saturday, three days earlier than announced, after only three cases were reported on Friday. Police informed the media that he worked at the Woodville Pizza Bar in Adelaide.
Mr. Stevens was asked if extra security is needed at the shop. He said, “There are all sorts of things we are considering at this point.”
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