Airport chaos as hundreds of South Australians are BANNED from flying into Perth after hotel quarantine worker infects two family members
- Anyone arriving in Perth is required to isolate in hotel quarantine for 14 days
- Quarantine hotel worker infected elderly mother, 80, and partner with Covid-19
- Infected trio have ‘large family’, four are showing symptoms, awaiting results
- Cases are a day after WA opened its border to SA for the first time in 8 months
Western Australia has banned South Australians from flying into Perth unless they undergo hotel quarantine.
The last-minute decision comes after a quarantine hotel worker in SA infected two family members with COVID-19.
Passengers at Adelaide airport waiting to board their flight to Perth were told on Sunday they will now be required to complete 14 days in hotel quarantine.
Those who have already arrived in Perth will also have to undergo isolation in hotels.
Anyone arriving via road from South Australia will have to self-quarantine for two weeks, while those who arrived on Friday or Saturday will be contacted by health officials to get tested immediately.
Passengers at Adelaide airport waiting to board their flight to Perth were told on Sunday they will now be required to complete 14 days in hotel quarantine. Pictured: chaos at Adelaide airport on Sunday
The Lyell McEwin Hospital in Adelaide’s north where the woman in her 80s was diagnosed
Health authorities are urgently contact-tracing from the woman in her 80s who was diagnosed at Lyell McEwin Hospital, in Adelaide‘s north, on Saturday.
The woman, aged in her 80s, was wearing a mask at the hospital, but 90 staff and patients were forced to quarantine as close contacts.
These new cases are the first locally-acquired infections in SA since April and sparked fears of a Melbourne-like explosion from a hotel quarantine breach.
A couple related to the elderly woman also tested positive on Sunday – a woman in her 50s and a man in his 60s.
‘One of those people works in our medi-hotels,’ South Australia’s chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier told reporters on Sunday.
‘This is where we consider the source to be.’
The elderly woman is in hospital in a stable condition, and one of the others infected is her child.
Professor Spurrier called the new cases ‘very troubling’.
The infected patients have a ‘very large family’, she told reporters on Sunday, and four close contacts have showed symptoms and are now awaiting Covid-19 test results.
South Australia fears a coronavirus outbreak a day after the border to WA opened up. Pictured: people getting coronavirus tests at Victoria Park, Adelaide on September 6
Pictured: coronavirus testing in Adelaide in July. South Australian authorities are worried as the trio diagnosed on Sunday have a large family of whom four people are showing symptoms
Professor Spurrier also said the elderly woman had visited Parafield Plaza Supermarket while infectious on Thursday morning.
She urged any South Australians with symptoms to get tested immediately.
An overseas traveller was also diagnosed with coronavirus on Sunday bringing the total to four new cases.
Professor Nicola Spurrier, South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer, pictured in May
The man, aged in his 30s, is in hotel quarantine.
The infections were diagnosed the day after Western Australia opened its border to South Australia for the first time in months.
Motorists queued at the South Australian border on Saturday as Western Australia relaxed it’s hard border closure on Saturday.
Under Western Australia’s newly relaxed rules, only travellers from Victoria and NSW will have to self-isolate and have a coronavirus test on day 11.
South Australia had previously recorded nine locally acquired coronavirus cases, which last appeared on April 15.
The new South Australian cases have also sparked fears a planned border reopening with Victoria may not go ahead on December 1.
Victorians travelling to South Australia would no longer need to quarantine for 14 days after that date.