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South Australia has begun its six-day “circuit breaker” lockdown, closing all schools and forcing people to stay indoors in a bid to stop the spread of a second wave of coronavirus.

Starting at midnight local time (12.30 am AEDT) a series of new restrictions began that are even harsher than those observed in Victoria during its outbreak.

“There is no second chance to stop a second wave,” Prime Minister Steven Marshall said yesterday.

“We can’t wait to see how bad this gets. We must act quickly and decisively on health advice to stay ahead.”

South African Prime Minister Steven Marshall. (Nine)

People will not be able to leave their homes, said Police Commissioner Grant Stevens.

If South Australians leave their home, they must wear face masks.

Supermarkets and gas stations will remain open.

People are seen queuing at the Parafield Gardens COVID testing center on November 17, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Getty)

All schools will close except for essential worker students.

Universities, pubs, cafes and take-out stores will also close.

Residential care for the elderly and disabled will be closed.

People queuing at the COVID-19 testing site at Parafield Airport in Adelaide, South Australia.
People queuing at the COVID-19 testing site at Parafield Airport in Adelaide, South Australia. (Getty / Kelly Barnes)

Factories other than food and medical products will be closed except when it is necessary for them to remain open.

The construction industry will be closed for six days.

“I’ve been saying for a long time that COVID has challenged us but has not beaten us,” Marshall said.

“We continue to face our biggest test to date.

“We must rise to this challenge and stand up, we are stopping each and every one of us united with a common purpose to defeat this silent enemy.”

Adelaide Coronavirus
Adelaide is fighting a battle against a growing COVID-19 outbreak. (Nine)

Clarification on confinement rules: Police Commissioner

Stevens clarified what the “stay out of the house” restrictions mean:

– Stay home for the next six days, one person from one household can go out once a day to buy groceries, supermarket supplies

– You can go out to provide care and support to another person where it is essential or for medical services.

Forty-five Australian Defense Forces personnel are already in South Australia and another 45 are on standby to provide support.

Stevens urged people not to rush to supermarkets.

Masks will not be mandatory until supply logistics can be guaranteed.

South Australia's Public Health Director Nicola Spurrier removes her mask during the daily COVID-19 update on November 18, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia.
South Australia’s Public Health Director Nicola Spurrier removes her mask during the daily COVID-19 update on November 18, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Getty)

Crashes occur when two new cases are found

Chief health professor Nicola Spurrier called it a “small” but “critical” number of cases.

“There are also seven other people who are awaiting test results or we had an initial test that came back negative, but we are very suspicious and treat them as infectious.”

He flagged the Woodville pizzeria as a real risk and urged anyone who visited between November 6 and 16 to get tested.

A new coronavirus outbreak is growing in Adelaide, after a woman contracted COVID-19 after treatment at Lyell McEwin Hospital.
A new coronavirus outbreak is growing in Adelaide, after a woman contracted COVID-19 after treatment at Lyell McEwin Hospital. (9News)

The South Australian blockade explained:

From 12:01 a.m. From Thursday, they will be closed for six days:

– All schools (except children of essential workers)

– Take away food and universities.

– Pubs, cafes, food courts

– Inspections / open auctions

– Outdoor sport / physical activity

– FIFO job – regional travel

– Residential care for the elderly and disabled in confinement

– Closed construction industry

– Weddings and funerals forbidden for six days.

– Masks will be required in all areas outside the home.

-Exercise not allowed outside the home

The following will remain open:

– Critical infrastructure

– Specific access to vulnerable members of the community

– Medical, including mental health

– Airport and cargo services

– Post offices and financial institutions

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