Australia confines 1.7 million people over covid-19 outbreak

A total of 1.7 million people in the state of South Australia They will be confined starting at midnight today due to a covid-19 outbreak. that accumulates a score of cases since last weekend in the city of Adelaide.

“We need a circuit breaker to get ahead (of the spread). We need a contact tracing space to protect the elderly, the vulnerable and our entire community,” said South Australia’s head of government Steven Marshall, to journalists in the city of Adelaide.

During confinement in South Australia, where this Wednesday two new infections were confirmed and almost 550 cases have accumulated since the start of the pandemic, Only one person per household may go out daily to buy or access essential services and must wear a mask.

Likewise, outdoor exercise is prohibited, non-essential businesses such as restaurants and cafeterias, nursing homes and schools (except for vulnerable children or children of essential workers) are closed, and weddings and funerals are prohibited. , among other measures.

At the press conference, the head of State Public Health, Nicola Spurrier, warned that this strain of covid-19 spreads “very quickly” with an incubation period of about 24 hours, while the symptoms shown by infected people are minimal.

Spurrier also stressed that with the measures it is expected “that the same thing as in Victoria will not happen”, referring to the neighboring state that became the epicenter of the second wave of covid-19 at the end of last June after the alleged failures in the quarantine centers in Melbourne.

Australia records more than 27,750 covid-19 infections, which includes 907 deaths, of which about 20,345 infections and 817 deaths in Victoria, a jurisdiction that this Tuesday celebrated 19 consecutive days without new cases of the new coronavirus.

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