SA chalks up 4th day with no new cases with further easing of restrictions announced in NSW

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South Australia has now gone four days without recording a new coronavirus case.

This saw the number of active cases in the state at 10, down one from the previous day.

All of these cases have been linked to the Parafield cluster.

And this data comes from 6,736 tests completed in the 24 hours prior.

“This is very good news for South Australia,” South Australia’s Chief Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier (pictured above) said in her daily COVID update.

Dr Dharminy Thurairatnam, widely credited with picking up the first Parafield cluster patient, also appeared at the press briefing.

Dr Thurairatnam had reportedly been treating the 81-year-old woman for separate health concerns, before noticing the patient had a cough.

“I wasn’t expecting her to come back COVID-positive because we had no community transmission at the time,” she said.

Further easing of restrictions announced in NSW

Meanwhile in NSW, Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a further of restrictions, due to come into effect next Monday.

These include:

  • Four square metre rule for venues will now be two square metres (except for gyms and nightclubs)
  • Standing allowed at hospitality venues outdoors, but not indoors
  • Up to 50 people allowed on indoor dance floors
  • Up to 5,000 people allowed at outdoor ticketed events
  • No upper cap on people allowed to attend weddings and funerals

NSW has now gone 25 days without recording a new case of community transmission.

“We are grateful to the people in NSW for their patience and understanding over what has been an incredibly difficult year has been,” the Premier said in a statement.

“The rolling back of restrictions across the state is only possible because of the excellent work of the community who have followed social distancing guidelines and continued to come forward for testing.”

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