South Australia goes into seven day lockdown

South Australia has ramped up its response to a Covid cluster and will enter a snap seven-day lockdown from 6pm this evening.

The move to Level 5 restrictions comes after a fifth person was linked to the growing cluster sparked by a dual national who arrived in the state after 14 days quarantine in Sydney and since returned a positive test. The remaining four cases were close contacts of the 81-year-old man.

Premier Steven Marshall said there  only five reasons to leave home – care and compassion, essential work, purchase of essential goods such as food, medical reasons including vaccinations, and exercise, with members of your own household for up to 90 minutes a day and within 2.5km of your house.

Premier Steven Marshall said they “only got one chance to get this right”.

“We are treating this as the Delta variant,” he said. “We are going to go hard and go early.”

The lockdown in Melbourne is expected to be extended by another five days with an announcement due today while Sydney’s lockdown will run to the end of the month at least.