Politics

Direction being signed to remove the need for people arriving in South Australia to isolate until a negative COVID-19 test result


Travellers have taken to social media to document having to wait in long COVID-19 testing queues at Adelaide Airport overnight.

One traveller said they had to wait for up to an hour, while another posted a video showing a long line of travellers winding through the airport.

The increased demand for testing comes amid concerns of the state’s first potential Omicron cases.
Travellers have had to wait in long COVID-19 testing queues at Adelaide Airport overnight.
Travellers have had to wait in long COVID-19 testing queues at Adelaide Airport overnight. (9News)

They are three men aged between 20 and 90, four women aged between 20 and 60, and a child.

South Australia Health said of the new infections, two are interstate cases that are suspected to be the Omicron variant.

Premier Steven Marshall told FIVEaa Radio that authorities are waiting for more information on the new cases.

One traveller said they had to wait for up to an hour.
One traveller said they had to wait for up to an hour. (9News)
Long COVID-19 testing queues at Adelaide Airport overnight.
Long COVID-19 testing queues at Adelaide Airport overnight. (9News)

“Obviously in South Australia we’re taking a pretty cautious approach. Sometimes when you get a new case it takes some time to get that assessment,” Mr Marshall said.

Text messages have been sent to people who attended sites where suspected Omicron cases visited.

Those people have since been forced into two weeks of quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status.

South Australia has introduced new testing rules for interstate arrivals from NSW, Victoria and the ACT.
Premier Steven Marshall said authorities are waiting for more information on the new cases. (9News)

The Our Lady Queen of Peace School at Albert Park and a Year 6 Graduation event are of most concern, along with a Virgin flight from Melbourne.

A direction is now being signed to remove the need for people arriving in South Australia to isolate until a negative COVID-19 test result is produced.

The rule was enforced over the past weekend amid concern regarding the growing threat of Omicron in the state.



Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *