Coronavirus South Australia: New gathering rules announced after two new COVID-19 cases

‘Australia is on high alert’: South Australian premier Steven Marshall.
Camera Icon‘Australia is on high alert’: South Australian premier Steven Marshall. Credit: Mark Brake/Getty Images

South Australia has reported two new coronavirus cases as officials move to reimpose some COVID-19 restrictions.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier says a man in his 50s has tested positive and is a close contact of an existing case. He has been placed in hotel quarantine.

The second case is another man in his 50s who returned from India on the weekend on a repatriation flight. He also remains in hotel quarantine.

The two cases take the number of active infections in SA to eight.

Professor Spurrier said the increase was disappointing.

“This absolutely reflects the situation in Victoria… of how transmissible this virus is,” she said.

At the same time, Premier Steven Marshall announced the return of restrictions with family gatherings reduced from 50 to just 10 people and trading in pubs and restaurants to be limited to seated patrons only.

Mr Marshall said the new arrangements would take effect from midnight on Tuesday night.

He said SA officials were also reviewing current density measures, set at one person to each two square metres, along with numbers allowed at football matches.

“Australia is on high alert,” he said.

“We will continue to act swiftly to keep ahead of the game.”

It comes as neighbouring Victoria reported 429 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths overnight after announcing a state of disaster.

This represents a significant fall — down 242 from Sunday’s 627 cases — and well below Thursday’s record 723. However, it could be attributed to a traditional fall in reported cases over weekend.

Premier Daniel Andrews has flagged further announcements, including the closure of some workplaces in certain industries.

But he has assured Victorians supermarkets, grocery stores and bottle shops will remain open in a bid to discourage a fresh wave of panic buying.

Supermarkets have introduced product restrictions and hours in line with Melbourne’s new lockdown curfew.

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