Australian State Cuts COVID Lockdown Short, Saying Man Lied To Contact Tracers

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South Australian Premier Steven Marshall announces restrictions being eased in South Australia after a lie the discovery that a man misled contact tracers.

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South Australia officials say a worker at a pizza shop lied about the circumstances of his exposure to the coronavirus, leading the region to a strict lockdown earlier this week. South Australia Premier Steven Marshall announced the six-day coronavirus lockdown on Monday to curtail a growing virus outbreak in the area. As a result, schools were closed and outdoor exercise and non-essential businesses were banned. But those restrictions are ending three days early, after officials discovered the worker from the restaurant, Woodville Pizza Bar, lied about his exposure and interaction with others. The worker “deliberately misled our contact tracing team,” Marshall said during a news conference on Friday. Pieces of that person’s story “didn’t add up,” he said. “We now know that they lied.” The man told contract tracers he was simply a customer at Woodville Pizza Bar, leading health officials to believe a super strain of the virus had taken root in the area. Based on the man’s information, health officials …

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