SA Health hoax text message asking Adelaide residents to self-quarantine after exposure to Covid-19

Aussies fall for a fake text message ordering individuals to go into home quarantine – despite not having been exposed to Covid

  • A fake text message has been circulated in Adelaide claiming to be SA Health
  • Message urges people to stay at home after alleged exposure to Covid
  • Public health officials have said legitimate senders won’t show a number
  • If residents who received the text are in doubt, call the Covid-19 call center

Fake text messages have circulated in Adelaide sending people to home quarantine for their alleged exposure to Covid-19.

The hoax texts appear to be from SA Health, but Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier says they indicate a number as the sender, something legitimate text messages don’t.

“It makes it very difficult for us and I’m sure all South Australians would be very annoyed to hear that,” she told reporters on Wednesday.

A fake text is sent to Adelaide residents who claim they have been in contact with a positive Covid-19 case and are to be quarantined

South Australia Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier (pictured) says they list a number as the sender, something legitimate government texts don't do

South Australia Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier (pictured) says they list a number as the sender, something legitimate government texts don’t do

Prof Spurrier said legitimate messages from SA Health will direct recipients to the organization’s website.

She said when in doubt, people can check if they need to quarantine through the Covid-19 call center.

About 5,000 people remain in home quarantine in SA due to their potential exposure to the virus in various locations around Adelaide linked to the so-called Modbury cluster.

The cluster is currently at 19 confirmed infections, but no new cases have been reported in the past two days, allowing SA to end a week-long lockdown on Wednesday.

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