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More ordered into quarantine as some restrictions eased

More than one thousand people in South Australia are in directed quarantine linked to six COVID-positive truckies who entered the state over the past two weeks, as authorities today ease restrictions on private gatherings.

Photo: AAP/Luis Ascui

Photo: AAP/Luis Ascui

SA Health said 1055 contacts have been contacted and directed into quarantine as of late Wednesday – up from 916 on Tuesday.

Of the 1055 in isolation, 79 per cent have returned a negative test so far.

Those in directed quarantine were identified as having attended one of more than 20 exposure sites dotted across the state, linked to six COVID-positive truck drivers who have entered South Australia from interstate over the past two weeks.

No new public exposure site were added overnight and no community transmission has been linked to the truckies so far.

It comes as Police Commissioner and state emergency coordinator Grant Stevens last night signed off on changes to the state’s emergency management direction, lifting the cap on private activities from 50 to 150 people.

The changes, flagged after Tuesday’s transition committee meeting, mean private activities such as weddings and funerals at non-licensed premises can hold an additional 100 people.

But events with more than 50 people attending require an independent COVID Marshall and an approved COVID safe check in system.

Dancing is also prohibited if more than 50 people are present and singing must be done with a mask on.

More than 150 people can attend weddings at licenced venues, provided they still comply with the one person per-two-square-metre density cap

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