ADELAIDE (dpa-AFX) – In the Australian state of South Australia, locally transmitted corona infections have been registered for the first time in months. In the region with its 1.7 million inhabitants, 17 new cases were confirmed on Monday, the health authorities said. The virus was probably transmitted to family members by an employee at a quarantine facility in the capital Adelaide.
“This is a very dangerous situation we are in right now and every citizen really has to work to get this under control,” said Regional Prime Minister Steven Marshall to local radio station 5AA. In response, almost all other states and territories in the country have declared South Australia a corona hotspot and introduced travel restrictions. There is now a 14-day quarantine obligation for travelers coming from the region.
Marshall also announced that fitness studios and other leisure facilities will be closed for at least two weeks and that people should work from home if possible. “We have to work hard and early to get this under control as soon as possible,” he said.
Australia with its 25 million inhabitants has come through the crisis relatively lightly so far. A total of around 27,700 cases were recorded, and around 900 people have died in connection with Covid-19. In the state of Victoria with the city of Melbourne, a month-long hard lockdown was only ended at the end of October after a second wave. No new cases have been confirmed there for 17 days./abb/cfn/DP/nas