It’s a tale of two states that highlights just how easily things can turn in a Covid world with South Australia plunged into a six day lockdown while Queensland saw more than 50,000 fans descend on Suncorp Stadium for the State of Origin decider.
SA Premier Steven Marshall announced the immediate six-day lockdown in an effort to halt a second wave of coronavirus following a growing community cluster sparked from a quarantine hotel in the Adelaide CBD.
“We want Christmas, we want people to be moving freely around the state in early December,” said Marshall.
The cluster is believed to have been triggered by a hotel cleaner catching the virus and spreading it to family members. There are now 23 cases reported including 15 members of the same family.
“What I’ll be hopeful for if we just have absolutely minimal cases over the next six days,” Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier told ABC radio.
It was a different story in Queensland with 52,000 fans heading to Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium with no social distancing and very few face masks to celebrate the State of Origin match.
The match was the largest sporting event anywhere in the world post-Covid and follows Queensland’s run of no recorded community transmission in months.