South Australian officials slammed the door on virtually all activities last week in its strictest lockdown ever imposed only to find out their actions were in response to a lie.
In a since-deleted tweet, South Australian police told one citizen she and her husband could not even walk their dog.
The panic that led to the lockdown began after a man who worked at a pizza shop and tested positive for the coronavirus told contact tracers that he had only walked into the shop to buy a pizza, according to the BBC.
That led officials to fear that they were dealing with some variant of the virus that was extremely contagious.
In response, they imposed a six-day lockdown that forbade almost any activity that took people outside