South Australia to lockdown for six days as coronavirus cluster in Adelaide grows

( NewsFlash )

South Australia will be plunged into a six-day hard lockdown with residents not even allowed to exercise outdoors as the state desperately tries to control a new supercharged strain of coronavirus.

Premier Steven Marshall announced on Wednesday the state would enter lockdown at midnight to combat a ‘particularly sneaky’ and ‘highly contagious’ mutation of COVID-19 which has infected two more people, taking the cluster in Adelaide to 22 cases.

The mutation has a very short incubation period of 24 hours or less and SA Health have observed a number of COVID-19 positive patients with little symptoms or none at all.

The lockdown measures to combat the second wave will be among the toughest in the world, along with countries such as Argentina, Israel and Venezuela.

Masks will be mandatory with only one person per household allowed to leave their home for groceries or medical treatment.

Schools and universities will shut, while restaurants, cafes and pubs will close and will even be banned from selling takeaway food.

Weddings will be halted and funerals stopped while factories and the construction industry will freeze.

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