A pharmacist who crossed the border from Victoria before going straight to work in SA has sparked a COVID-19 scare in the state’s Mid North.

A chemist owner in Orroroo employed a locum pharmacist from over the border to work at his pharmacy.

Under current border restrictions, essential workers do not need to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine, however even exempt travellers must provide documents proving their permission to travel.

The Victorian pharmacist was asked by SA Police to provide proof of his exemption but was unable to provide them.

He will now be forced to quarantine for 14 days unless he can produce the necessary paperwork.

SA had planned to reopen its Victorian border for unrestricted travel on July 20, however, the recent string of cases has led to the state delaying the rule change indefinitely.

While SA has contained the virus’s spread, Victoria continues to struggle, recording its 15th consecutive day of double digit increases in the number of new coronavirus cases.

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There are now 350 confirmed, active cases of COVID-19 across Victoria.