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SA dumps COVID-19 emergency declaration

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South Australia has ended its emergency management declaration first imposed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The declaration has been in place for 793 days and allowed for widespread measures to limit coronavirus infections, including statewide lockdowns.

“This is a historic moment. This is a significant day when it comes to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Premier Peter Malinauskas said on Tuesday.

Under legislation recently passed by the SA parliament, the government can still impose some restrictions, including quarantine requirements for positive cases.

But the new laws do not allow for more significant measures, including lockdowns and widespread mask mandates.

Mr Malinauskas said dropping the emergency declaration did not mean the pandemic was over.

“COVID is still with us. We still see thousands of cases every day,” he said.

“Management of the pandemic is going to be a balancing act going forward.”

SA reported 3482 new infections on Tuesday, along with 14 deaths.

There are 232 in hospital with COVID-19, including nine in intensive care.

-AAP



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