Aerial footage has captured cars in a kilometre-long queue waiting to be tested for Covid-19 in Adelaide, just one day after a worrying outbreak was discovered.
Adelaide resident David Muggleton drove past a long queue on Daws Road, heading for the Repatriation General Hospital drive through clinic in Daw Park, and filmed hundreds of vehicles.
‘Security and traffic management was in place, so it didn’t impact commuting that much,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
Latest figures indicate 17 people from an extended family have either tested positive or are suspected to have the virus.
Cars queue for the COVID-19 testing facility at Victoria Park, just outside the Adelaide CBD on Monday
Thousands of people in South Australia are being tested after a worrying cluster centred around one family continues to grow. Pictured: A queue for a drive-in clinic
Another case is a close contact of the family while two further cases have been confirmed among security guards at a quarantine hotel in Adelaide, the initial site of the outbreak.
Some of the cars waiting their turn at clinics dotted around Adelaide have been idling since 4am in a desperate attempt to find out if they are infected.
Wait times at Parafield mobile testing centre has risen to 11 hours, with the centre having the capacity to process 50 swabs an hour.
Coronavirus testing numbers have surged to record levels in Adelaide with cars lining up in queues spanning more than a kilometre
Footage and images show queues at testing clinics spanning for more than a kilometre, as desperate locals get tested for the virus. Pictured: Queues on Monday
On Monday, people queued at testing stations across Adelaide for more than five hours with some having to be turned away.
Some centres stayed open late and SA Pathology boss Tom Dodd said that would continue.
‘Clearly, we need to have all those sites operating for longer hours going forward from today,’ Dr Dodd told ABC radio.
‘I apologise to anyone who queued for a long time and wasn’t able to get a test. We don’t want to have that happening.
‘We need to ensure we stay open to swab all the people who present.’
Health authorities are seen testing people in cars at Victoria Park COVID testing centre on Tuesday
Premier Steven Marshall said he was sure Monday was a record day for testing numbers and praised South Australians for turning out.
The state’s previous highest number of tests in a single day was recorded on August 7 when 7,254 people were checked.
Monday’s testing numbers are not yet available.
The premier said with just one new case confirmed overnight, SA was faced with a different situation to that of yesterday when case numbers were rising more rapidly.
‘We have gone hard. We’ve gone as quickly as we possibly could. We’re hopeful that we’ve got this in time,’ he told Nine’s Today program.
‘We’re cautiously optimistic about what might happen today.’
The so-called Parafield cluster has shut down at least four schools in Adelaide and has forced a nursing home into lockdown, with cases confirmed among staff.
Queuing at the Covid-19 testing site at Parafield Airport in Adelaide on Tuesday
A fast-food restaurant has also been shut while warnings have been issued for a range of shops and other venues and public transport services asking people to carefully monitor for symptoms if they attend any of those locations over certain times.
The cluster has prompted the SA government to reimpose a range of coronavirus restrictions.
From Tuesday, all gyms, recreation centres and play cafes are closed for two weeks with community sports fixtures and training cancelled.
Funerals and family gatherings are now capped at 50 people, and all church gatherings at 100 people.
On Monday, people queued at testing stations across Adelaide for more than five hours with some having to be turned away
Pubs, clubs and restaurants are limited to 100 people along with all other public gatherings.
All venues must abide by a rule of one person to every four square metres.
Masks are mandatory for workers in personal care businesses and for workers in aged care if physical distancing is not possible.
Aged care workers will be limited to working at just one site but schools will remain open.
The government has asked all people to work from home if they can and to reconsider unnecessary travel of any kind.