Medical expert who rushed to shutdown South Australia over COVID-19 outbreak says she has ‘no regrets’ – as state records one new case
- Health officer Nicola Spurrier advised the premier to lock down South Australia
- It followed fears that that a super strain of coronavirus had been unleashed
- A pizza customer falsely told contact tracers he had Covid-19 from a pizza box
- Strict lockdown came to an end at 11.59pm on Saturday, three days early
The medical expert who raced to lock South Australia down over the state’s COVID-19 outbreak has said she has no regrets.
Chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier advised premier Steven Marshall to throw the state into one of the world’s toughest lockdowns last Wednesday, over following fears that a super strain of the virus had been unleashed in Adelaide.
While the lockdown was downgraded on the weekend after contact tracers realised an infected worker had not come into contact with as many people as claimed, Ms Spurrier maintained she made the right call.
‘I have no regrets on my advice and decision-making last week. I’ve no doubt it was the right thing to do,’ she said.
Chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier (pictured) advised premier Steven Marshall to throw the state into one of the world’s toughest lockdowns last Wednesday
She added that that modelling showed the state was facing a ‘second wave’ if they did not act promptly.
Residents across the state were needlessly stuck in their homes for three days after it was revealed a customer at the Woodville Pizza Bar in Adelaide contracted the virus from a pizza box touched by an infected worker.
However, contact tracers discovered the customer had lied and that he had actually been working at the restaurant and in close contact with another positive case.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens revealed on Saturday morning the 36-year-old had also worked as a kitchen hand at the Stamford Hotel and was in Australia on a temporary graduate visa that’s due to expire in mid December.
The commissioner said although the employee’s actions had an ‘unbelievable impact’ on South Australians, there was no penalty for lying and he won’t yet be charged or fined.
Despite the false information, Mr Marshall backed Ms Spurrier on Sunday and said the state narrowly avoided catastrophe.
‘The consequences of not acting quickly and following that health advice would have been absolutely catastrophic on all businesses, families and individuals in our state in a few moments time.’
South Australians were released from lockdown on Saturday night, three days early.
The state confirmed on Sunday that a returned traveller in her 20s is the state’s only new coronavirus case.
She became symptomatic on day 10 of her 14-day quarantine period, The Advertiser reported.
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