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

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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.

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– ‘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.

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“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.

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“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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