Australian man’s ‘lie’ caused state coronavirus lockdown

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SYDNEY — South Australia’s drastic six-day coronavirus lockdown was triggered by a “lie” to contact tracers from a man who tested positive and restrictions across the state are set to be lifted much sooner than first planned, authorities said on Friday.The shock announcement came just two days after the state government ordered people to stay at home and shut many businesses to combat what was considered a highly contagious outbreak of coronavirus.South Australia state Premier Steven Marshall told a media conference in Adelaide that one man at a pizza bar tied to the outbreak told contact tracers he had only bought a pizza there, when he had actually worked several shifts at the food outlet alongside another worker who tested positive.South Australian Premier Steven Marshall speaks about the coronavirus lockdown on Thursday.AAP Image/David Mariuz / ReutersAuthorities assumed the man, who wasn’t named, had caught the virus during a very short exposure, leading them to believe the strain must be highly contagious.Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics”Their [the man’s] story didn’t add up. We pursued them. We now know that they lied,” Marshall told reporters. “Had this person been truthful to the …

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