Long lines at Adelaide testing clinics after case spike

Residents in Adelaide have this morning been waiting more than 12 hours at a COVID-19 testing clinic as South Australia struggles to control a surge in local infection numbers.

Six new cases, including a child under the age of five, were confirmed yesterday, with the state’s outbreak now at 12.

After the fresh cases were announced yesterday, thousands rushed out to testing sites.

People lined up overnight to access the COVID-19 testing site at Victoria Park in Adelaide, Australia. (Kelly Barnes/Getty)

Cars at the Victoria Park 24-testing clinic in the city’s southeast have already been waiting since 5pm yesterday in lines that continue to grow.

The defence force has deployed hundreds of doctors and nurses to 86 testing clinics across the state in a bid to get a handle on the long wait times.

Health authorities are concerned after a spike in local infections was confirmed overnight.

A young child who was also at the Greek on Halifax restaurant confirmed as an exposure site on Saturday night has tested positive, along with five people linked to Tenafeate Creek Wines at Yattalunga.

The state’s current local infections now stand at 12 and Chief Health Officer Nicola Spurrier has warned more cases are expected from the growing list of exposure sites in coming days.

“I think people in South Australia do need to prepare themselves for more cases – that is certainly my expectation,” she said.

The Greek restaurant and the winery are now considered super spreader locations with urgent contact tracing underway and anyone who attended these venues – symptomatic or not – urged to join the thousands already lining up to get tested.

Another 15 exposure sites were also added to the list overnight with Gawler and District College – B-12 in Evanston now considered another potential super spreader site with over 1200 students and close contacts told to quarantine after a positive case from the winery visited the school on Monday.

The exposure at the winery was on Sunday, July 18, from 1.45pm to 4.30pm, while the exposure at the school was on Monday, July 19, from 7.50am to 3.30pm.

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