The Woodville Pizza Bar restaurant in South Australia, photographed this Friday, was declared a focus of coronavirus.
. –– A pizzeria worker, who had coronavirus and lied about his work activities, caused a shutdown across the state of South Australia, authorities admitted Friday.
In the state of 1.7 million people, the six-day confinement measure would not have been decreed if the employee had told the truth to the contact tracing team. This was explained to journalists by the Prime Minister of South Australia, Steven Marshall, at a press conference. The president announced that the state had decided to suspend its shutdown six days earlier, based on new information.
South Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said officials learned that a person who claimed to have been to Woodville Pizza Bar in the city of Adelaide just briefly to pick up a delivery pizza was actually an employee who he worked regular shifts there.
Authorities previously concluded that the coronavirus strain was highly contagious. And they assumed that the person had contracted it despite having a very short period of exposure.
South Australia went into lockdown on Wednesday, after confirming dozens of locally transmitted cases for the first time since April. The pizza establishment had been identified as a focus of coronavirus.
“SA health contact trackers found that one of the close contacts linked to the Woodville Pizza Bar deliberately misled the contact tracing team,” Marshall said. “Now we know they lied.”
Misinformation about the pizza worker and his coronavirus contagion
From midnight this Saturday, the state’s confinement order will be repealed. Therefore, its residents will be allowed to exercise outdoors and return to the previous restrictions.
The prime minister and the police commissioner defended the decision to go into lockdown. In fact, they said it was the correct measure based on the information they had at the time. The person who lied will not be fined or punished, Stevens added.
Marshall added that authorities are now working to identify and locate another group of the employee’s associates.
The state had closed schools, bars, cafeterias and suspended outdoor sports. Only essential services such as supermarkets, medical facilities and public transportation remained open.
“This has had a massive impact on our community,” Stevens said. “People’s lives have changed as a result of information that led us to a course of action that was now not justified under the circumstances. We are now taking steps to amend that.