South Australian shutdown: International flights into Adelaide ban extended

South Australia will extend its international flight ban for the remainder of the month as the state battles to contain a coronavirus outbreak.

Premier Steven Marshall made the announcement on Thursday morning, before Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier confirmed there had been no new virus cases diagnosed in the last 24 hours.

“Last night, I asked the Commonwealth to cancel all international flights into Adelaide until the 30th of November, the end of this month,” Mr Marshall said.

The state’s hotel quarantine program, where returned travellers must isolate for two weeks, has come under intense scrutiny, after a worker contracted the virus and spread it into the community.

The state’s total number of cases remains at 551 with 35 considered active.

International flights will not return to Adelaide Airport until at least next month. Picture: Tricia WatkinsonSource:News Corp Australia

There remains 23 people linked to the Parafield cluster.

The cluster caused concern for authorities, sparking the six-day lockdown that began on Thursday.

There are very few reasons a person can leave their home during the lockdown, including going grocery shopping — which also has limitations — and essential workers doing their jobs.

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