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Opposition leader and alternate from South Australia in coronavirus isolation after school visit to Adelaide

South Australia’s opposition leader and his deputy are forced to isolate themselves after visiting a coronavirus cluster school

  • The opposition leader from South Australia and his deputy are in self-isolation
  • Peter Malinauskas and Susan Close attended Thebarton Senior College on July 30
  • The Adelaide school was closed due to a worrying cluster of COVID-19 cases

The opposition leader from South Australia and his deputy have been forced to self-isolate after visiting a school in Adelaide closed to a worrying cluster of COVID-19 cases.

Peter Malinauskas and Susan Close visited Thebarton Senior College on July 30, but only met the principal and had no contact with students or tours of the facilities.

They say they have also followed all COVID-19 precautions, but will isolate on precautionary advice from health authorities.

Peter Malinauskas and Susan Close have been forced to self-isolate after visiting an Adelaide school that was closed due to a worrying cluster of COVID-19 cases

Peter Malinauskas and Susan Close have been forced to self-isolate after visiting an Adelaide school that was closed due to a worrying cluster of COVID-19 cases

“Fortunately, we are fine and are not currently showing any symptoms, but given SA Health’s advice, we canceled all personal appointments next week and will isolate ourselves along the direction of SA Health,” the pair said in a statement Friday.

While this is an inconvenience, it is nothing compared to the sadness of so many South Australians who are currently out of work.

“It is critical that we all do the right thing to ensure that the type of outbreak seen in Victoria does not happen here in South Australia.

“We commend SA Health for a cautious approach.”

About 70 college students are in hotel quarantine after they have been identified as close contacts of a woman in her 20s who tested positive for the virus.

Another 1100 students and staff are considered informal contacts and must isolate themselves for two weeks.

The cluster of cases related to the college has now grown to five.

Peter Malinauskas and Susan Close attended Thebarton Senior College on July 30

Peter Malinauskas and Susan Close attended Thebarton Senior College on July 30

Peter Malinauskas and Susan Close attended Thebarton Senior College on July 30

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said the action to close the college had been taken with caution and that at this stage there was no suggestion of a widespread transmission of the disease by the community.

“We are doing everything we can to keep this cluster under control,” said Professor Spurrier.

The Education Department is expected to release information Friday on how students can continue their course.

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