A Whole Australian State Shut Down Because of a Takeout Pizza That Didn’t Exist

A Whole Australian State Shut Down Because of a Takeout Pizza That Didn’t Exist

SYDNEY—Soon after authorities in South Australia state were told a man had contracted Covid-19 after buying a takeout pizza from a restaurant with an infected employee, they ordered more than 1.7 million people to stay at home.

Schools were shut. Outdoor exercise was banned for six days. The state premier—worried by how quickly a virus outbreak had nearly spiraled out of control in neighboring Victoria state—asked the federal government to halt international flights into Adelaide, Australia’s fifth-biggest city by population.

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