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Ten US travellers test positive for COVID-19 in South Australia

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The travellers are part of a group of 18. Of that group 10 have tested positive to coronavirus, four have tested negative, and four tests are still pending.

A group of 18 American tourists are being quarantined in South Australia after 10 of them tested positive for coronavirus.

SA Health's Dr Nicola Spurrier said the diagnosed cases included a male in his 50s, a male in his 60s, and a female in her 70s. SA Health is awaiting details of the remaining seven confirmed cases.

"We have a tour group of 18 people who have been staying in the Barossa (Valley) and overnight, 10 positive test have come through for that group," Dr Spurrier said.

"We're waiting for four of those tests to come back. Four people's tests are negative. Those people have been assessed this morning with a local GP and one of the nurses from our COVID-19 clinic."

She said SA Health has made the decision to keep the tourist quarantined in their accommodation in the Barossa.

"It's important that we keep that group together because while there are some people whose tests are pending and some are negative it's important that the group is cohorted together because obviously the risk of spread within that group is quite high," she said.

She said the travellers notified authorities as soon as they felt unwell requested a test.

Dr Nicola Spurrier said a paramedic travelled to the residence where they are staying to carry out the tests.

South Australia has seen an increase of 17 cases from yesterday, taking the state's total to 67.

Source: 9News

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