Cleaning on SA’s public transport services will be ramped up as the State Government implements a state of emergency to deal with the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Along with the increased cleaning on buses, trains and trams, the government will launch a public awareness campaign this week alongside the federal government’s.

Extra crews will focus on hard surfaces, which are thought to be better at harbouring the virus for longer, than soft surfaces. Hand rails, stop call buttons and validators are thought to be the most-often touched surfaces on public trasnsport.

Premier Steven Marshall told The Advertiser that the cleaning measures are one part of a broader paln to “help minimise the risk to South Australians.”

Meanwhile, jury trials in South Australia have been suspended for at least 24 hours amid concerns of the virus’s spread.

The Courts Administration Authority is encouraging all members of the public not required to be in court to not attend.