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SA to ease coronavirus restrictions despite new cases expected

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South Australians will be able to attend theatres and the social distancing density will reduce.

South Australia is to move into stage three of lifting coronavirus restrictions after this weekend.

"As of Monday, we move to stage three in our movement to a COVID-safe state environment and we are in this position early thanks to the fantastic work of the people of South Australia," SA Premier Steven Marshall said.

South Australians will be able to attend theatres and the social distancing density will reduce from one person per four square metres, to one person per two square metres.

From July 20, state borders will be opened in South Australia, however, the premier warned infections in Victoria will be closely monitored.

"We feel confident that Victoria will be able to get on top of the clusters," Mr Marshall said.

"We are now in a position to gradually move to restrictions that are localised to hotspots, rather than a blanket approach."

The national approach to coronavirus is suppression, not elimination, Mr Marshall said.

"We are in the midst of a global pandemic, and elimination would not be advantageous to the Australian economy and would cost tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of jobs."

A man in his 70s has tested positive for coronavirus in South Australia, the first case in the state in 14 days.

SA Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said an influx of coronavirus cases should be expected across the state this week.

"We have more than 300 Australians arriving in Adelaide this weekend," Mr Wade said.

"About 5-10 per cent of travellers have tested positive on their arrival in Australia – if we were to see similar figures here in South Australia, we could expect up to 25 cases from these planes.

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Mr Wade praised Victoria for its approach to handling the new coronavirus outbreak.

"Victoria has not seen exponential growth in cases; however, we need to be realistic that it will take them time to bring the numbers down," he said.

"Community transmission can't be turned off like a switch."

Source: 9News

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