Coronavirus Australia Updates: SA suffers first ‘serious’ PPE breach in quarantine

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Coronavirus Australia LIVE updates: Calls for NSW COVID restrictions to be eased by Christmas
Coronavirus Australia LIVE updates: Calls for NSW COVID restrictions to be eased by Christmas

South Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Nicola Spurrier has said the state has suffered its first serious breach of personal protective equipment protocol in hotel quarantine.

A security guard who was helping a family with a positive case in hotel quarantine was standing too close to the family.

He will now also be required to submit to hotel quarantine for two weeks.

– ‘We mustn’t drop our game’

Australia’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan has warned that opening borders and relaxing restrictions comes with the risk of a third wave of COVID-19.

Using the UK as an example, Ms McMillan said social distancing must remain a constant of 2020.

“We need to remind ourselves of what we are seeing across the world and draw to an example in the UK … where they are seeing a significant rise in cases and their prime minister has announced today that the UK is at a tipping point,” Ms McMillan said.

“So we too must remember and look to the other examples. I remind you again of those things that are now part of our everyday life – social distancing, hygiene, cough etiquette, staying home if you are sick and getting tested.”

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