Ten people from a US tour group were among 17 new positive coronavirus cases in South Australia, the biggest single-day jump so far since the emergence of the pandemic.
The tourists are part of a larger group of 18 from the US who are all now in isolation at their accommodation in the Barossa Valley, north of Adelaide. None have so far required hospital treatment but chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said that could change.
Professor Spurrier said the group had immediately self-isolated as soon as one person became ill.
“I’m actually quite calm about this because I know these people have done the right thing,” Prof Spurrier said.
“There is absolutely no reason for the people in the Barossa to panic.”
Four other people in the group have also returned negative results while the remaining four are waiting for tests to be returned.
Other positive tests in SA were linked to overseas travel or were close contacts of previous cases and brought the total number in SA to 67.
“To date, we know all of the epidemiological links of our patients,” Prof Spurrier said.
But she said with school holidays on the horizon, all people were advised to reconsider any travel, either interstate or around the state. Although, she stopped short of recommending the state’s borders be closed at this stage.