South Australia’s opposition leader and his deputy have been forced into self-isolation after visiting a school in Adelaide that was shut over a concerning cluster of COVID-19 cases.

Peter Malinauskas and Susan Close visited the Thebarton Senior College on July 30 but only met the principal and did not have contact with students or tour the facilities.

They say they also followed all COVID-19 precautions but on the advice of health authorities will isolate as a precaution.

“Thankfully we feel well and are currently not showing any symptoms but given SA Health’s advice we have cancelled all face-to-face engagements next week and will self-isolate as per SA Health’s direction,” the pair said in a statement on Friday.

“Although this is an inconvenience, it is nothing in comparison to the heartache felt by so many South Australian’s who currently find themselves out of work.

“It is vitally important we all do the right thing to ensure the type of outbreak being seen in Victoria doesn’t happen here in South Australia.

“We commend SA health for taking a cautious approach.”


About 70 students of the college are in hotel quarantine after being identified as close contacts of a woman in her 20s who tested positive for the virus.

Another 1100 students and staff are considered casual contacts and must self-isolate for two weeks.

The cluster of the cases associated with the college has now grown to five.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said the action to close the college was taken out of an abundance of caution and there was no suggestion of widespread community transmission of the disease at this stage.

“We are doing everything we can to keep this cluster under control,” Professor Spurrier said.

The Education Department is expected to release information on Friday on how students can continue with their courses.