A lie and a pizza place: why Australian authorities canceled a lockdown

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The man who lied to contact the tracers said he bought takeout from the restaurant, refusing to tell them he was close contact with one of the infected guards.

“This clearly changes the circumstances, and if this person had told the contact tracing teams the truth, we would not have gone into a six-day lockdown,” Grant Stevens, Australia’s police commissioner, told reporters on Friday. from South.

Another consequence, he said, was that police were now rushing to identify and locate the man’s associates – a process that would not have been necessary if he had told the truth in the first place.

The man will not face punishment as there is no legal mechanism to prosecute him, Stevens said. Police said nothing about why he chose to mislead the contact tracers.

The neighboring state of Victoria said on Friday it had decided to close its border with South Australia, but the rule would not apply to truck drivers or emergency workers.

Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, lifted one of the longest lockdowns in the world at the end of October. The city announced Friday that it plans to allow the resumption of inbound international flights from December 7, with an initial cap of 160 passengers per day.

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