SA coronavirus cases rise by two, both with links to Parafield cluster

A casual contact of a COVID-19 case is among two people newly diagnosed in South Australia, which the state’s top health officer says is a concerning reminder how contagious the virus is.

The two cases are a child from the original family at the centre of the Parafield cluster and a man in his 30s believed to have contracted the virus while attending an English language school adjacent to Flinders University.

The child was already in quarantine poses no risk to the public, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier says.

The other case and his family were also in quarantine before they tested positive.

Professor Spurrier says the man’s infection validates the decision to ask some casual contacts to self-isolate.

“The information I’m giving you today shows how contagious this virus is,” she told reporters on Saturday.

“This person was considered a casual contact rather than a close contact and again it absolutely backs up the information we were already giving to people.

“We’re seeing people that have got infected through fairly brief contacts.”

SA’s business community says COVID-19 restrictions will make life tough in the lead-up to Christmas. Credit: AAP

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