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Returned traveller from India among positive cases in South Australia

SA Premier Steven Marshall won't rule out closing Adelaide Airport amid the COVID-19 crisis. (AAP)

South Australia Health has revealed that a woman in her 30s who had returned from India on a repatriation flight to Adelaide last month was previously infected.

The woman stayed in mandatory quarantine in Adelaide after arriving on a Singapore Airlines flight from Mumbai that carried 260 passengers on June 27.

According to SA Health, the woman had tested negative twice during her stay in hotel quarantine. But a member of her family had returned a positive test last month, which prompted the authorities to conduct another test which revealed she had an old infection.


Highlights:

  • A traveller from India among new cases recorded in South Australia
  • The woman had returned from India on a repatriation flight last month
  • There are two active coronavirus cases in SA

SBS Punjabi understands that at least three travellers who had returned on the same flight had tested positive last month.

The second case that was recorded on Wednesday is a woman in her 50s who had flown into Melbourne from Pakistan and had returned two negative tests while in hotel quarantine there.

She travelled to SA after she was given a go-ahead to travel on 9 July where she returned a positive test. She will remain in isolation for another nine days as a precaution.

While the returned traveller from India has been added to the state's tally of COVID-19 cases which now sits at 447, SA chief medical officer, Dr Nicola Spurrier on Wednesday said that the woman has not been classified as an active case.

Meanwhile, another case was recorded in SA today - an essential worker who recently returned from Victoria. The man has been in quarantine since the infection set in and has mild symptoms.

Dr Spurrier said South Australians need to be concerned about the situation given that the state now has two active cases.

"When you look at what's happening in Victoria, all of our hearts must be going out to our families and friends in that state. There is a high level of community transmission and that's what we are trying to avoid in South Australia," she said.

South Australia has set a 500 person per week cap on the number of international arrivals in line with capping introduced by other jurisdictions to reduce the pressure on quarantine systems and to control the number of cases being imported from overseas.

More than 72,000 international passengers arrived in Australia in the month to July 7, of which at least 683 travellers landed in South Australia.

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If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. 

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