Thursday, September 23

Coronavirus: How a lie caused an entire state of Australia to be confined

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  • BBC World News


Adelaide, along with the rest of South Australia, went into lockdown on Wednesday.

South Australia decided to order statewide lockdown because a man infected with COVID-19 lied about his link to a pizzeria, Australian state police said.

The shutdown began Wednesday after the state detected 36 infections, including the first locally acquired cases since last April.

But according to the authorities this would have been avoided if the man in question I would have said the truth: that he worked shifts at the pizzeria instead of claiming he had only visited to buy a pizza.

This misinformation led health officials to assume that the man had contracted the virus during a very brief exposure, so the strain must be highly contagious.

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