The state of South Australia will be blocked for six days in an attempt to control the growing outbreak of coronavirus. The cluster, which was traced to the quarantine of a hotel passenger, includes 22 cases from Saturday.
This is the first major outbreak in Australia since one in the state of Victoria in June, which was also traced to hotel quarantine. There were severe restrictions in Victoria for almost four months.
Starting at midnight on Wednesday, only one person from each household in South Australia will be able to go out per day to access basic services: to buy groceries, access to medical services or for care purposes. Restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops will close, as well as schools and universities. Outdoor sports and physical activities are prohibited, and masks will be mandatory.
After the six-day blockade, South Australia will face another eight days of minor restrictions, details of which have not yet been announced.