South Australia Imposes Six-Day ‘Circuit Breaker’ Lockdown

South Australia has announced a six-day lockdown starting from Nov. 18 as the state reported 22 new COVID-19 cases.

South Australia has imposed a six-day lockdown starting from Nov. 18 as the state reported over 20 new COVID-19 cases.

“We need this circuit breaker, this community pause. This is about South Australia pausing so that we stay ahead of the virus,” South Australian Premier Steven Marshall announced.

The announcement came as South Australia recorded 22 new cases linked to a hotel quarantine in the past few days. Around 4,000 people have been placed under isolation.

The fresh outbreak came after the state had not reported a single case of community transmission in over seven months.

“We continue to face our biggest test to date. We are going hard and we are going early. Time is of the essence,” Marshall said.

Under the lockdown, schools, universities, takeaway food, pubs, and cafes will be forced to close.

Regional travel, outdoor exercise, weddings, and funerals will also be banned.

Only one person will be allowed to leave the household each day, but only for specific, essential purposes.

Essential infrastructures such as electricity, water, and telecommunications will continue to operate, as well as medical services and public transport.

After six days, lesser restrictions will follow for eight days.

Also, other states and territories have reimposed their border restrictions to South Australia.

The restrictions come as the country nears its peak summer holiday season.

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