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South Australia facing second wave of coronavirus after hotel quarantine breach

International flights into South Australia have been suspended for this week, gyms will close and there will be a cap of 100 people at pubs, clubs and restaurants as the state moves to tackle a growing cluster of Covid-19 cases for the first time since April.

a group of people on a street: Photograph: Kelly Barnes/Getty Images

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The premier, Steven Marshall, announced the restrictions on Monday after the state reported 17 cases of Covid-19 connected to an outbreak from a quarantine hotel for returned travellers.

“Time is now the essence and we must act swiftly and decisively,” he said. “We cannot wait to see how bad this gets. We must act swiftly and decisively on the health advice to stay ahead of the game.”

New restrictions in force for two weeks from Tuesday mean people in South Australia will not be able to go to gyms, recreational facilities, trampoline centres and play cafes.

Related: South Australia coronavirus cluster: what we know so far

Pubs, clubs and restaurants are capped at 100 people per venue, with a maximum booking of 10 people. Private gatherings at venues are capped at 50. Private residence gatherings are capped at 10 people. Cinemas and theatres are restricted to one person per four square metres.

a circuit board: Cars queue at a Covid-19 testing facility just outside Adelaide’s CBD on Monday after South Australia reported 17 cases of community transmission.

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Cars queue at a Covid-19 testing facility just outside Adelaide’s CBD on Monday after South Australia reported 17 cases of community transmission.

Funerals are capped at 50 people, with one person per four square metres. Churches are capped at 100 people. At weddings, all guests must be registered, but there are no changes to numbers.

Masks are mandatory for personal care service providers and encouraged for clients. People are encouraged to wear masks where they cannot socially distance, and people who can work from home are being advised to do so.

The state’s chief health officer, Prof Nicola Spurrier, stressed the importance of getting on top of testing and contact tracing.

“What we are facing is, indeed, a second wave but we haven’t got [to] the second wave yet. We are in very, very early days,” Spurrier said. “So the first thing we need to do, from my team’s point of view, is the testing, contact tracing and getting people into quarantine very, very quickly.”

On Sunday, South Australia reported three cases of community transmission, the first in the state since 16 April. A woman in her 80s and two of her family members in their 50s and 60s tested positive – one of whom worked in a quarantine hotel for returned travellers.

Fifteen of the 17 cases reported on Monday were linked to one family.

The Mawson Lakes primary school and Thomas Moore college were both closed after a student from each school tested positive.

The state’s health authorities were contact tracing 90 staff at the Lyell McEwin hospital who may have come into contact with the woman in her 80s.

South Australia Health has issued alerts for times and locations for people who may have come

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Major Data Breach On Travel Sites; Mastercard Looks Beyond Cards

Credit Card Info of Millions of Guests Leaked in Travel Site Data Breach

If you’ve traveled any time since 2013, it might be time to check your bank accounts. Three of the web’s biggest travel sites have leaked personal and financial data for millions of users, including payment card details. Prestige Software is a Spanish developer that owns reservation software called Cloud Hospitality. It’s designed to help automate hotel listings on websites like Hotels.com and Expedia.com for online booking. Security researchers from Website Planet found that Cloud Hospitality stored information from more than 10 million travelers on an unsecured database with no password protection. [Komando.com]

Mastercard’s Next CEO Sees Big World Beyond Cards After Latest Real-Time Payments Deal

Mastercard next chief executive sees a big opportunity beyond credit cards as the company pushes deeper into real-time payments that run independent of the traditional card rails. Michael Miebach said the company wants to have the ability to connect any payer to payees, regardless of whether the parties are using cards, bank accounts, mobile wallets or other forms of payments. [MarketWatch]

CA Unemployment: Why is Bank of America Draining EDD Bank Accounts?

California’s Employment Development Department is fighting rampant fraud. But in the process, many unemployed workers say their accounts are frozen and their money is suddenly gone. Bank of America has been draining money out of countless EDD accounts, leaving many workers bewildered and without money. [KABC]

Wells Fargo Seeks Bidders For Private-Label Credit Card Unit

Wells Fargo is seeking to sell its private-label credit card and point-of-sale financing unit as part of an ongoing strategic review of its businesses. The banking group has started reaching out to possible bidders, but still hasn’t made a definitive decision as to whether it will actually sell the unit, which specializes in store-branded credit cards. Selling the private-label credit card unit would be a business reversal for the financial services group. [PYMNTS]

Consumers Prefer Mobile Pay

Over 74% of Americans used their phone to order and pay for food and merchandise at least once a week, with nearly 48% using their phones for purchases several times a week or more. More than half of Americans (54.8%) used their phone for online retail purchases (i.e.: Amazon
) and 9.3% used their phone for in-store purchase, such as “tap to pay” at checkout. But 55% of consumers still prefer using credit cards. [Mobile Payments Today]

Citi Sees Quick Results from True Name Cards for Trans, Nonbinary Consumers

When Citi last month announced that transgender customers could use their preferred name on their credit cards, the bank was unsure of what to expect. The response exceeded expectations, with more than 1,600 Citi customers requesting a name-change on their cards within the first few weeks of the program. To build on that momentum, Citi is putting marketing weight behind the initiative. [Payments Source]

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Hotel comparison website Trivago loses consumer law breach appeal

Trivago has failed to overturn a court ruling it misled consumers by pushing deals that lined its pockets rather than the best offers for guests.

The Federal Court ruled against Trivago in January in an action brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, and the full bench of the same court dismissed the company’s appeal on Wednesday.

While Trivago claimed its website would quickly and easily help users identify the cheapest rates available for a given hotel, it did not sufficiently disclose an algorithm that gave prominence to accommodation providers that paid a higher fee to the company, the initial judge found.

It meant the most prominent offers were often not the cheapest.

Trivago's misleading TV advertisement from 2017.
Camera IconTrivago’s misleading TV advertisement from 2017. Credit: News Regional Media

The primary judge also found Trivago misled consumers through the use of strike-through prices and text in different colours that often compared the rate for a standard room with the rate for a luxury room at the same hotel.

“We brought this case because we were concerned that consumers were being misled by Trivago’s claims that their site was getting the best deal for consumers when in fact they were shown the deals that benefited Trivago,” ACCC chair Rod Sims said.

“Trivago’s conduct meant that consumers may have paid more for a room at a hotel than they should have, and hotels lost business from direct bookings despite offering cheaper prices.”

The ACCC said Trivago’s own data showed higher-priced room rates were selected as the top offer over alternative lower-priced offers in 66.8 per cent of listings.

The matter will now return to the primary judge to consider penalties.

The maximum penalty for breaching Australian Consumer Law through misleading representations is $10 million per breach.

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