The Adelaide Woodville Pizza Bar employee at the centre of a police investigation accused of lying to contact tracers said he is “extremely remorseful and deeply sorry” for his actions.
In a statement issued on behalf of his client, solicitor Scott Jelbert said the 36-year-old Spanish man was in quarantine and feared his personal details would be made public.
Authorities originally thought the man in question had contracted the virus after buying a pizza from the shop, sparking fears the Parafield coronavirus cluster was the result of a possible “super strain” being transmitted through food packaging.
Instead, the man had worked shifts at the pizza bar where he was infected while working alongside a security guard who had contracted the virus at the Peppers Waymouth quarantine hotel in Adelaide’s CBD. The Spanish man also worked as a kitchen hand at another quarantine hotel, the Stamford Hotel.