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Royals can’t sing national anthem at Westminster Abbey Armistice Day service due to Covid-19 rules 

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Members of the Royal Family, the Government and the Armed Forces will not be allowed to sing hymns or even the national anthem when they gather at Westminster Abbey on Armistice Day.

This year, November 11 marks 100 years since London came to a halt for the two events which have defined the way Britain honours its war dead – the unveiling of the Cenotaph on Whitehall and the Funeral of the Unknown Warrior at the Abbey.

A special Abbey service to mark that day in 1920 will be attended by an invited VIP congregation of 80, while proceedings are also televised live on BBC1.

However, Government rules on Covid-19 mean even the royal guests cannot sing God Save The Queen, or anything else, ‘because of the potential for increased risk of transmission from aerosol and droplets’. 

(L-R) Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Armistice Day ceremony in Westminster Abbey in 2018 [File photo]

(L-R) Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Armistice Day ceremony in Westminster Abbey in 2018 [File photo]

(L-R) Prince William, Prince Harry, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge attend the annual Armistice Day ceremony in Westminster Abbey in 2018 [File photo]

An Abbey spokesman confirmed that the only voices which can break in to song are those of the socially-distanced choir.

The ruling follows a Government ban on ‘communal singing’, one of several restrictions which were branded ‘farcical’ by veterans’ groups last night. 

Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan-Smith said: ‘If the Government and the British Legion limit Remembrance Sunday to the point that it becomes pointless, then we have to ask ourselves: what did they die for?’

The situation is even more extreme in Scotland where all ceremonies at all local war memorials have been cancelled, by order of the Scottish Government.

Until this week, the general rules against singing had extended to next weekend’s main act of commemoration at the Cenotaph, where the Queen will attend the traditional service along with members of the Royal Family, party leaders and Commonwealth diplomats. 

Only 30 veterans will be admitted while all members of the public are excluded and the Metropolitan Police plan to erect giant screens at either end of Whitehall to deter sightseers.

Singing will go ahead at the Cenotaph ceremony, which is held outdoors. Pictured: The Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph memorial in 2015 [File photo]

Singing will go ahead at the Cenotaph ceremony, which is held outdoors. Pictured: The Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph memorial in 2015 [File photo]

Singing will go ahead at the Cenotaph ceremony, which is held outdoors. Pictured: The Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph memorial in 2015 [File photo]

Acting on advice from Public Health England, the Department of Culture, which organises the service, had ruled that only the Choir of the Chapel Royal would be permitted to sing the national anthem and the traditional hymn, O God Our Help In Ages Past.

However, the Government has granted an exemption for this event rather than risk a backlash for preventing the Prince of Wales and the rest of the Royal Family from singing God Save The Queen in front of the Queen herself, live on television.

The situation remains unclear, however, for ceremonies at war memorials around the country. 

In England, these are a matter for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. 

Officials there have been unable to explain why the ban on singing has been lifted at the Cenotaph but not elsewhere.

Veterans are becoming increasingly critical of this year’s arrangements, and many are dismayed by the Government’s decision to shrink the national commemorations at the Cenotaph to a token presence. 

Vivien Foster, president of the Merchant Navy Association, has been laying the organisation’s familiar wreath – in the shape of an anchor – every year for the past two decades. ‘The whole situation is farcical,’ she said yesterday.  

 Last post for common sense: A ban on singing the national anthem at remembrance events is the latest example of how Covid threatens our sanity, writes ROBERT HARDMAN 

As if this week’s threats of police raids on over-sized Christmas Day gatherings were not barmy enough, then along comes something even sillier: a ban on singing the national anthem.

Even the Welsh Government’s comedy order prohibiting the sale of kettles does not come close to the absurdity of forbidding loyal ex-servicemen and women and even members of the Royal Family from singing God Save The Queen in the days ahead.

It is merely the latest example of how coronavirus does not merely threaten the health of the vulnerable, but the sanity of us all.

Tomorrow week – Remembrance Sunday – is the most sacred date in the national calendar. By all means, feel free to head for a supermarket that day – as well as the pub, the gym and even the golf club in many parts of Britain.

However, if you are planning to turn up at a war memorial for the traditional service and two-minute silence at 11am, hold your horses. Because special rules apply. Not only must numbers be ‘minimised’, there is a ban on ‘communal singing’. In many places, ceremonies have simply been cancelled. In others, they are closed to all but a few local representatives.

The Queen is pictured with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a National Service to mark the centenary of the Armistice in 2018 [File photo]

The Queen is pictured with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a National Service to mark the centenary of the Armistice in 2018 [File photo]

The Queen is pictured with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a National Service to mark the centenary of the Armistice in 2018 [File photo]

To read the new rules for next weekend, you sense that officialdom regards Remembrance Sunday like Cup Final day or Halloween – just another irksome, public order issue that needs some tight controls. Astonishingly, it turns out the Government has not even drafted its own legislation correctly.

The latest Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 bolted on to the 1984 Public Health Act dictate what commemorative events may take place and how. Legally, councils can authorise a ceremony only if ‘the gathering takes place to commemorate Remembrance Sunday’.

This is nonsense. We do not gather to ‘commemorate Remembrance Sunday’. We gather on Remembrance Sunday to commemorate our war dead, not the day itself. This is just sloppy legislation. If the Government can’t even word its own rules accurately, then how the hell can they expect the rest of us to observe them?

The official ministerial guidance to local authorities is blunt and wholly negative. Organisers are repeatedly ordered to ‘keep numbers to a minimum’, to ‘take reasonable steps to ensure the public attend alone’ and to take everyone’s details.

We all accept these are exceptional times. But this is not just another annual tradition.

For millions, Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day are hallowed days of obligation, occasions when we make an effort to honour those who gave their all for our freedoms. For many, who are still mourning loved ones killed in the line of duty, it is a day of great sadness and pride. The Government has urged people to stay at home and switch on the telly. But for countless people, that is simply not going to suffice.

Where is the common sense here? Everyone accepts the need for social distancing. And the sort of people who turn up at remembrance events do not behave like people piling out of bars at a 10pm curfew or protesters in Trafalgar Square. They come in the quiet expectation of dignity and solemnity. Above all, most services of commemoration are outside. It is why many veterans are dismayed that the traditional open-air Royal British Legion parade at the Cenotaph has virtually disappeared.

Veterans attending the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall in 2016 [File photo]

Veterans attending the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall in 2016 [File photo]

Veterans attending the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall in 2016 [File photo]

The turnout of politicians will be the same but that eternally poignant march-past of ex-servicemen and women is off. Obviously, a parade of 10,000 veterans – watched by huge crowds – is out of the question.

However, the Legion had been planning a Covid-compliant alternative. Last month, charities such as Blind Veterans UK were offered ten socially distanced places in a much-reduced parade. All representatives would have to be ‘physically fit’ and ‘have the ability to march for 45 minutes’ without escorts or wheelchairs. There would be no room for carers. But at least it was something. The Legion had worked out it could accommodate about 2,000 veterans at well-regulated intervals.

Then Public Health England weighed in. That number has now been reduced to just 30 able-bodied veterans. Everyone else wishing to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph can do so online or by mail order.

Meanwhile, the Met Police are preparing rigorous counter-measures to deter any passers-by from dawdling. Large white screens are to be erected at either end of Whitehall to block the view. ‘Move along now, nothing to see here. Just the Queen on her balcony…’

Quite apart from the oppressive sense of overkill, has anyone paused to contemplate what sort of message all these restrictions are sending out? From the outset, the official mindset has got it all wrong. Rather than finding constructive ways to help people commemorate safely and sensibly, the priority has been to shoo them elsewhere. Let them go shopping or drinking instead.

At the same time, people are still banned from ‘communal singing’ in line with the edict from the Ministry of Housing and Communities.

Following the Government’s latest U-turn allowing VIPs to sing at the Cenotaph, officials have hinted that the rules may now be changed for outdoor – but not indoor – ceremonies. As of last night, however, the blanket singing ban remained in place on the Government website.

The ruling has hit other major events. All the Armed Forces taking part in next Saturday’s Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall – which will be screened on BBC1 – must remain mute. ‘There is no singing by anyone other than the choir and the individual artists,’ a Legion spokesperson explained.

Speaking for millions of veterans and their families, no doubt, the President of the Merchant Navy Association, Vivien Foster, sums it all up in one word: ‘Ridiculous’.

Elsewhere, the public are left wondering where and how they are allowed to pay their respects.

Truro in Cornwall will have a small invitation-only ceremony at the cathedral. Coventry is among many places holding its official ceremony online. Many towns and villages have taken their lead from the Government and simply cancelled their ceremonies.

Not so much the Last Post as the last straw. 

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How viruses like Covid trick us into spending more time socialising

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Can viruses such as the one that causes Covid-19 attack our brains and change our behaviour — thereby prolonging an outbreak?

That’s the suggestion from U.S. researchers who say that the coronavirus may be manipulating the behaviour of infected people, sometimes even before they show symptoms, so they become more sociable.

In fact, such behaviour-changing effects of viruses — so-called behavioural host manipulation — are not new, and have previously been reported for the flu and rabies viruses, among others.

Can viruses such as the one that causes Covid-19 attack our brains and change our behaviour — thereby prolonging an outbreak? [File photo]

Can viruses such as the one that causes Covid-19 attack our brains and change our behaviour — thereby prolonging an outbreak? [File photo]

Can viruses such as the one that causes Covid-19 attack our brains and change our behaviour — thereby prolonging an outbreak? [File photo]

The theory is that pathogens do this to maximise their reproduction rate (known as R0) and in turn, their spread and survival.

Now researchers from the State University of New York at Albany, have explained how the Covid-19 virus could be changing the behaviour of those it infects to make them more likely to pass it on to others.

One idea is that it may do this in the incubation period, when people are infected but show no symptoms, so they are more likely to socialise.

The researchers suggest the virus may act on an area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), which is involved in social behaviour and emotional regulation. 

By manipulating the ACC, instead of observing distancing rules, people would be drawn to ‘gather socially’, they wrote in the journal Medical Hypotheses.

They stress their theories are based on the effects of other infections in changing behaviour and there are no known manipulations associated with Covid-19. 

‘Only time will tell how it manipulates its host for its own survival and replication.’

The researchers suggest the virus may act on an area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), which is involved in social behaviour and emotional regulation. By manipulating the ACC, instead of observing distancing rules, people would be drawn to ‘gather socially’, they wrote in the journal Medical Hypotheses [File photo]

The researchers suggest the virus may act on an area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), which is involved in social behaviour and emotional regulation. By manipulating the ACC, instead of observing distancing rules, people would be drawn to ‘gather socially’, they wrote in the journal Medical Hypotheses [File photo]

The researchers suggest the virus may act on an area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), which is involved in social behaviour and emotional regulation. By manipulating the ACC, instead of observing distancing rules, people would be drawn to ‘gather socially’, they wrote in the journal Medical Hypotheses [File photo]

Dr Frank Ryan, a consultant physician and evolutionary virologist in Sheffield, says the Covid-19 virus may also interfere with hormone levels to change our behaviour.

‘While there are effects on behaviour through virus-induced changes in the nervous system, Covid has the potential also to change the endocrine system that produces hormones that regulate many functions, from sleep to reproduction and social behaviour,’ he says.

‘Behavioural effects are speculative since very little focus has been put on the impact of Covid-19 on the endocrine system, but a study in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation confirms the virus’s effect on the endocrine system is a real complication.

‘Human behaviour is complex and in my experience endocrine disturbance is sometimes accompanied by behavioural changes,’ he says, adding that the doctors treating patients will, however, naturally focus on the physical aspects of the infection.

But support for the idea that Covid-19 affects social behaviour comes from evidence with other similar viruses.

In a 2010 study using the flu vaccine (as a proxy for infection because of ethical problems in deliberately infecting people), which contains a modified form of the virus, U.S. researchers found that in the two days after being exposed, the number of people patients met doubled, from an average of 54 to 101, compared to the two days before immunisation, reported the Annals of Epidemiology.

Under the microscope

Comedian and mental health campaigner, Ruby Wax, 67, takes our health quiz.

Can you run up the stairs?

I do Pilates and kayak as well as generally running up and down the stairs, but currently I’m going cold- water swimming and biking every day — I’m in Northern Scotland. 

I stay in the water for two seconds, and get a high when I get out. I heard it wards off dementia and depression, so if it can hit the two Ds, I’m doing it.

Get your five a day?

I think I do — four or five.

Ever dieted?

I went on the grapefruit diet when I was 25 which led me to having my stomach pumped in a hospital — the fruit filled my intestines and there was no room for anything else. 

When I was 45 I did the juice diet and was sick on a train — they told me I’d drunk the equivalent of three football fields, but if you put it in the condenser how do you know? 

I also tried the Paleo diet, when I only ate things with a pulse. I don’t worry about my weight any more — it just levelled ten years ago.

I weigh around 9st 12lb and I’m 5ft 2in.

Any vices?

Martinis and chocolate.

Any family ailments?

My dad died of a heart attack because he only ate sausages — he was a sausage manufacturer. My mum died of anger . . . I think they were [aged] 100 and 90.

Worst illness/injury?

Depression. I don’t have it now — you don’t have it all the time — you have to take medication and do mindfulness. 

My worst injury was a fractured back when I got flipped off a horse in 2019 and afterwards I fell down the stairs. It took a few months to recover and I haven’t ridden since.

Pop any pills?

You mean like ecstasy . . .? Yes, antidepressants — lots of them.

Had anything removed?

Three babies when I had caesareans.

Ever have plastic surgery?

No — there was a moment I cared and now I don’t.

Cope well with pain?

I can take a lot but I’m not going to suffer, so I never went through childbirth — I had caesareans. I don’t believe in not taking the drugs.

Tried alternative remedies?

Fish oil — that’s it. Everybody says it keeps your brain going.

Ever been depressed?

I’ve had a career on it and an OBE.

Hangover cure?

I can’t figure that one out — you just have to go back to sleep.

What keeps you up at night?

Netflix — that’ll go on all night because you know it’s an addiction.

Any phobias?

Flying, but I do it anyway. It’s got better over the years.

Like to live for ever?

Yes, but in young form . . .

Ruby’s new book, And Now For The Good News…: The Much-Needed Tonic For Our Frazzled World, is published by Penguin (£14.99).  

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The two days immediately after exposure to flu are important because this is when people are most infectious, but display no symptoms — so are more likely to spread the disease. 

The researchers ruled out the so-called knowledge effect — that people felt safer after the vaccine and were therefore more sociable — because four weeks after the jab, socialisation rates had dropped back to pre-vaccine levels, suggesting that the immediate two days are important.

‘Human social behaviour changed on the introduction of the virus,’ say the researchers. ‘This is the strongest indicator yet discovered of pathogen-related behavioural change in humans.’

The virus that has attracted most attention from research into behavioural effects is rabies, an infection of the brain and nerves caught from the bite or scratch of an infected animal.

It’s been found that it can manipulate the nervous system and make animals more aggressive, and more likely to bite, scratch and spit, increasing the spread of the virus, which kills 59,000 people a year worldwide.

A 2017 study in Scientific Reports from Alaska University found that the virus blocks chemicals in the human brain that play a crucial role in regulating behaviour.

It’s not just viruses that may be manipulating us. Take Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled parasite — its natural host is the cat, where it poses no great problem. But mice and rats infected with it become less fearful of cats, and are therefore more likely to be devoured. And that’s good news for the parasite because it gets into the cat, the only animal in which it can reproduce, and pass to other species.

Toxoplasma gondii is thought to infect one in three humans worldwide, and researchers have found it can make them less fearful, reckless and turn us into bad drivers. According to a 2007 research analysis by parasitologists at Charles University, Prague, infected people are 2.65 times more likely to be involved in traffic accidents.

One theory is that it increases testosterone, which may increase risk taking. ‘Results obtained during the past 15 years strongly suggest that it influences the behaviour not only of rodent hosts but also of humans,’ the researchers wrote in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Meanwhile, a virus found in algae may also affect us, and reduce our navigation skills.

While studying mental ability in adults, researchers serendipitously discovered DNA from an algae virus in throat samples. ATCV-1 is a type of chlorovirus, that infects green algae, which is common in lakes and ponds, but until then was not thought to infect humans.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. then discovered that people infected with the virus had reduced performance on mental tests of visual processing. Why is unclear. ‘Exposure to ATCV-1 was associated with significant changes in the regulation of over 1,000 genes,’ say the researchers, whose study appeared in the 2014 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

‘If confirmed, these findings hint that other yet-unknown viruses may have subtle effects on human health and behaviour.’

Some experts even believe symptoms such as coughing and sneezing that we develop due to a viral infection may be another way viruses manipulate behaviour to maximise their spread.

The commonly held view is that we cough, sneeze or vomit (in the case of norovirus) as this helps get rid of the harmful cells from our bodies.

But this is a ‘daft theory’, says Greg Towers, a professor of molecular virology at University College London.

‘It seems more likely that respiratory viruses such as the common cold have evolved to make us cough and sneeze to transmit the virus in an effective way. No studies prove that you sneeze to get rid of viruses — this is conjecture.

‘Given that the virus is inside your cells, it is daft to suggest that you’re trying to get rid of it. It doesn’t work like that, so it’s a daft theory. The transmission theory is more likely.’

He adds: ‘In another example, norovirus makes us projectile vomit and have diarrhoea at the same time, both of which very effectively spread particles.

‘Viruses’ evolution alongside us has enabled them to manipulate any part of our biology.’

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Ghislaine Maxwell in quarantine as jail guard infected with COVID-19

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Ghislaine Maxwell is in quarantine after a guard working near her cell inside a Brooklyn jail tested positive for coronavirus, court filings revealed on Monday.

The 58-year-old British socialite, the former girlfriend and accused ‘madam’ of Jeffrey Epstein, has been detained in the Metropolitan Detention Center, in Sunset Park, since July, ahead of her July 14, 2021, trial.

Maxwell has been charged with six federal counts including enticement of minors, sex trafficking, and perjury. 

She tested negative for COVID-19 on November 18, and is showing no symptoms, wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurene Comey in a letter to Judge Alison Nathan.

Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in 2013, has tested negative for COVID but is in quarantine

Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in 2013, has tested negative for COVID but is in quarantine

Ghislaine Maxwell, pictured in 2013, has tested negative for COVID but is in quarantine

Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Maxwell's former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in jail last year awaiting trial

Maxwell's former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in jail last year awaiting trial

Maxwell’s former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in jail last year awaiting trial

The letter was filed in Manhattan Federal Court. 

She will remain in quarantine at the MDC for 14 days, and will only be allowed out of her cell three times a week, for 30 minutes at a time.

Maurene Comey, daughter of former FBI director James Comey, is prosecuting

Maurene Comey, daughter of former FBI director James Comey, is prosecuting

Maurene Comey, daughter of former FBI director James Comey, is prosecuting

Maxwell’s defense team has argued pandemic protocols at MDC, as well as special measures to prevent her from killing herself like Epstein, have made it difficult for her to prepare a defense.

She is allowed to talk to her lawyers on the phone every day for up to three hours and continue to use a laptop provided by the government for 13 hours a day to review discovery, the letter says.

Comey wrote that Maxwell had more privileges than other inmates, even in quarantine.

‘As was the case three months ago, the defendant continues to have more time to review her discovery than any other inmate at the MDC, even while in quarantine,’ Comey wrote.

‘The defendant also has as much, if not more, time as any other MDC inmate to communicate with her attorneys, even while in quarantine.’

Maxwell is depicted during her July 14 appearance via video-link in Manhattan federal court

Maxwell is depicted during her July 14 appearance via video-link in Manhattan federal court

Maxwell is depicted during her July 14 appearance via video-link in Manhattan federal court

Cells within the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, in the Special Housing Unit (SHU)

Cells within the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, in the Special Housing Unit (SHU)

Cells within the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, in the Special Housing Unit (SHU)

A court worker is seen disinfecting the Manhattan courthouse in July ahead of arraignment

A court worker is seen disinfecting the Manhattan courthouse in July ahead of arraignment

A court worker is seen disinfecting the Manhattan courthouse in July ahead of arraignment

The pandemic has ushered in lockdowns at federal jails across the country since early March.

Attorney visits have recently resumed, but family visits remain off-limits.

The MDC is being sued for its response to the pandemic. A report by a Justice Department watchdog found that the true extent of the COVID outbreak at MDC in the early months of the pandemic is unknown because the jail failed to test inmates or staff in meaningful numbers.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty.

The latest legal battle in her case has revolved around whether to release a 2016 deposition in which she shared details on her ‘own sexual activity’ and the ‘sexual activities of others,’ according to filings.

Her lawyers argue the details, if made public, would harm her right to a fair trial.

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Coronavirus South Australia: Couple infected in Adelaide quarantine

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Two infected returned travellers caught coronavirus in seemingly safe hotel quarantine in Adelaide and not overseas as first thought, health officials revealed.

An urgent investigation is now underway after genomic testing linked the man and his wife, both in their, 20s to the Parafield cluster, where the number of cases has now grown to 29.

The couple were previously identified as ‘overseas’ acquired infections after they returned from overseas on November 11.

Further testing has revealed the pair became infected while in quarantine at the Peppers Waymouth medi-hotel with the same strain of the virus linked to the Parafield cluster in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

Adelaide's Peppers Waymouth (pictured)  is under more scrutiny after it was revealed two returned travellers became infected while in quarantine at the medi-hotel

Adelaide's Peppers Waymouth (pictured)  is under more scrutiny after it was revealed two returned travellers became infected while in quarantine at the medi-hotel

Adelaide’s Peppers Waymouth (pictured)  is under more scrutiny after it was revealed two returned travellers became infected while in quarantine at the medi-hotel

There are now fears the virus has continued to spread throughout the Peppers Waymouth, which was at the centre of the outbreak that sparked a three day statewide lockdown last week.

Urgent re-testing of all staff and guests at the medi-hotel is now underway as a precaution.

‘There is no additional risk to the public as the cases are linked to a medi-hotel staff member who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 and contact tracing has already been undertaken,’ a SA Health statement read. 

‘As a precaution, we are undertaking additional testing at one of our medi-hotels for all staff and guests today.’

Public officials insists there is no additional risk to the public, despite the latest development. Pictured are healthcare workers at a drive-through testing clinic in Adelaide on November 19

Public officials insists there is no additional risk to the public, despite the latest development. Pictured are healthcare workers at a drive-through testing clinic in Adelaide on November 19

Public officials insists there is no additional risk to the public, despite the latest development. Pictured are healthcare workers at a drive-through testing clinic in Adelaide on November 19

The fresh outbreak twist forced the state’s Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier to hold a second media conference within hours, where she described the virus strain as sneaky.

‘I knew that Covid-19 was highly transmissible, it is more highly transmissible than I first thought,’ she said.

‘We can have the best PPE and systems set up but you can still transmit this virus.’

‘I don’t believe anyone has been in the wrong room at the wrong time.’

Professor Spurrier was in a more positive mood hours earlier.

‘We’re not out of the woods yet but as I said yesterday, I’m confident that we have got rid of this again in our state,’ she said on Tuesday morning.

There are now fears the virus has continued to spread throughout the medi-hotel. Pictured are masked locals out and about in the Adelaide CBD on November 18

There are now fears the virus has continued to spread throughout the medi-hotel. Pictured are masked locals out and about in the Adelaide CBD on November 18

There are now fears the virus has continued to spread throughout the medi-hotel. Pictured are masked locals out and about in the Adelaide CBD on November 18

‘I haven’t popped the cork on the champagne bottle yet, but the champagne is on ice.

‘I’d like to see how we go this week.’

South Australia recorded one new case on Tuesday of a man in his 20s who is a close contact of a previously confirmed case. He remains in a medi-hotel.

South Australia's Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier (pictured) fronted the media twice on Tuesday following the latest developments in the outbreak

South Australia's Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier (pictured) fronted the media twice on Tuesday following the latest developments in the outbreak

South Australia’s Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier (pictured) fronted the media twice on Tuesday following the latest developments in the outbreak

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