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How a single cough exposed Adelaide coronavirus cluster

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A single cough in an Adelaide hospital alerted South Australia to a potentially “absolutely catastrophic” coronavirus second wave.

A single cough in an Adelaide hospital alerted South Australia to a potentially "absolutely catastrophic" coronavirus second wave quietly spreading in the city's north.

Speaking on Today, South Australia Premier Steven Marshall said health teams latched on to the COVID-19 cluster in Adelaide's northern suburbs almost by chance.

The first woman who tested positive in the Parafield cluster, which now numbers 26, was an elderly woman in her 80s who had gone to hospital.

"She didn't really have typical (coronavirus) symptoms," Mr Marshall said.

"The doctor heard one cough and said 'I am just going to get a COVID test' and it turned out her entire family had been infected."

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Mr Marshall said the ruthless efficiency of his track and trace teams had averted "an absolutely catastrophic situation" in South Australia.

He denied the six-day lockdown, which was later eased, had been an overreaction.

Modelling from a Melbourne university showed South Australia faced 100 new infections per day by mid-December if a circuit-breaker style lockdown was not enforced, the premier said.

"We are not out of the woods yet," he said, warning there would be positive cases in the days and weeks ahead.

But Mr Marshall said the situation now appeared "very manageable".

Yesterday there were almost 17,000 tests in the state, with 77,000 South Australians tested in the last week.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-south-australia-single-cough-revealed-adelaide-cluster/df616b6f-7089-4dbc-bd6a-ef84170b170c

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