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Mass exodus at Adelaide Airport as borders shut

People have flooded Adelaide Airport, desperate to get out as states shut their borders in response to the state’s COVID-19 outbreak.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the airport had little foot traffic for months.

But the flood of people came after SA recorded 17 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, all linked to the Parafield cluster.

Hundreds of people were seen there on Monday, with a number wearing masks.

Camera IconHundreds of people were seen waiting for flights at Adelaide Airport after new border restrictions came into place. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/David MariuzCamera IconFour jurisdictions announced they closed their borders with SA, sparking the mass panic. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire/David Mariuz

WA residents Trish and Peter Skinner told NCA NewsWire they had travelled to SA last Tuesday for a friend’s wedding but decided to leave the state — before the November 21 celebration they travelled for — as soon as they heard about the outbreak.

Mrs Skinner, 52, from Karratha, said it was a “scary” experience and she wouldn’t travel “for a long time”.

“We were supposed to be here three weeks but (WA Premier) Mark (McGowan) closed the border so we want to go home,” Mrs Skinner said.

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