South Australian police have confirmed the pizza worker who lied to contact tracers and pushed the state’s 1.7 million people into lockdown was a 36-year-old man of Spanish origin on a temporary graduates visa.
“I can say that the person who is currently in quarantine, and who was the person, primary person of interest, is a 36-year-old man,” Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said in the Saturday media conference.
“He is lawfully in Australia on a temporary graduates visa which is due to expire in mid-December.”
Commissioner Stevens said the man’s visa lasts until mid-December and his status in Australia would depend on the investigation.
“My advice is that his visa is currently until mid-December, whatever occurs in relation to his status as a person in Australia will be subject to the outcome of our investigation process,” he said.
“Had this person been more upfront with us, we would not have instituted a six-day lockdown.”
“We are interested in speaking to at least two other people who we believe can assist us with our inquiries, and my investigators will remain in contact with those in due course.
“The investigation taskforce project is still in its early stages, we have dedicated 20 experienced detectives to follow up on the circumstances that arose from the people involved in the Woodville pizza shop.”