Pizza shop worker lies about Covid and sparks pointless lockdown for millions

A whole state was thrust into a six-day lockdown because a pizza shop worker lied about coronavirus, police said.

The employee sparked the unnecessary shutdown for millions of people when he duped officials with his made-up tale about Covid-19.

Through a statement released by his lawyer, the unnamed Spanish worker, said he was “deeply sorry” for causing South Australia to be put under a harsh lockdown.

Scott Jelbert, his solicitor, said on Tuesday: “He is extremely remorseful and deeply sorry for any part his conduct played in any unnecessary lockdown actions.

“He did not foresee or intend that things might unfold as they have.”

South Australia was put under a six-day stay-at-home order after authorities formed the conclusion that Covid-19 had spread from a worker at Woodville Pizza Bar to a customer.

Officials were left red-faced when it was revealed that the man who claimed to be a customer was actually an employee who had worked several shifts.

The man contracted the virus from a fellow worker at the pizza bar, who had another job as a security guard at the Peppers medi-hotel, reported.

The worker under investigation also had a second job, and had been working as a kitchen-hand at the Stamford Plaza medi-hotel.

His solicitor said he has had not seen the news or social media since he entered quarantine.

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Mr Jelbert added: “I am, however, instructed that some information is not fair, accurate or complete, notwithstanding the state government’s comments.

“He is concerned he has been all but publicly named. He is sincerely concerned about the impact of the lockdown on South Australians

“My client has not been charged with any breach of the law but in the circumstances, including that such charges may emerge, no further comment about those matters is appropriate at this time.”

In a press conference on Friday, Premier Steven Marshall said the man had “deliberately misled” contact tracers.

“We now know that they lied,” he said. “To say that I am fuming about the actions of this individual is an understatement."

Police were seen patrolling outside the Woodville Pizza Bar on Friday afternoon amid fears the shopfront would be vandalised due to anger over its role in triggering the lockdown.

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