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Dire surge as second wave fears firm

South Australia has recorded two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as health authorities announce a lockdown for six days. There are currently 22 suspected cases and linked cases to the Parafield cluster.The new cases have been linked to a large family, with patient zero being a woman in her 80s who presented at the Lyell…

South Australia has recorded two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as health authorities announce a lockdown for six days.

There are currently 22 suspected cases and linked cases to the Parafield cluster.

The new cases have been linked to a large family, with patient zero being a woman in her 80s who presented at the Lyell McEwin Hospital on Sunday.

It has since been revealed the virus was contracted from a repatriated Australian residing in hotel quarantine at Peppers Adelaide where three staff members became infected.

As a result, there are now about 4000 people forced into isolation.

Widespread testing and contract tracing is underway to contain the spread of the deadly virus as multiple states slam their borders shut to South Australia.

Mr Marshall was expected to announce tougher restrictions on Wednesday, despite the rules already being reigned in earlier this week.

He first flagged the idea on breakfast radio.

“Possibly. We just need to get all the data in from overnight. We’ll be providing a full update for the people of SA midmorning,” Mr Marshall told 5AA Radio.

“We’ll provide a full update on the case (announced at Tuesday’s press conference). Professor Spurrier only received the data on that an hour before yesterday’s press conference.

“We’ll be able to provide full details of that and any new infections overnight.”

Under the restriction changes announced on Monday, gyms, trampoline play cafes and recreation centres were forced to close and a maximum of 10 people are allowed at private residences for the next two weeks.

Licensed venues and funerals had caps and consuming alcohol while standing was also no longer permitted.

More to come.

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