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SA COVID lockdown restrictions defended by health chief Nicola Spurrier amid pizza bar ‘lie’

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South Australia’s health chief has defended the decision to plunge the state into an unprecedented lockdown based on fewer than 25 COVID-19 infections.

The state entered some of the world’s toughest coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday night after two new cases were identified, bringing the Parafield cluster to 22.

The six-day “circuit breaker” lockdown was based on fears a medi-hotel worker at the Stamford quarantine facility had contracted the virus from a pizza box, purchased from Woodville Pizza Bar.

Based on that information, authorities believed that thousands of people could have been infected by the restaurant’s pizzas.

But, it turned out, the Stamford worker had not simply purchased a pizza – he worked there.

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