Premier Steven Marshall and Police Commissioner Grant Stevens addressed the South Australian public this afternoon with the latest information on the evolving COVID-19 situation in SA.
In the past 24 hours, there has been a decrease in cases to 1,846 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in SA with hospitalisations decreasing slightly to 285. Out of the reported cases, 1,336 were confirmed via PCR tests, and a further 510 via the rapid antigen tests (RAT). Today’s confirmed cases are the lowest SA have reported all year.
A further 2,069 COVID-positive individuals recovered, dropping the state’s active cases down to 24,612 and SA’s seven-day average 2,047
There was a decrease in ICU patients, with currently 24 in intensive care, and four on a ventilator.
Sadly, there have been five deaths in the past 24 hours, all within their 80s. The state will provide further details surrounding the passing later.
South Australia continued to see another high testing day, with 9,677 PCR tests administered in the last 24 hours. A further 3,089 RATs were collected in SA yesterday, with the last 24 hours testing rates sitting the same at the highest in the past week.
Vaccination rates continued to remain high in SA, with 19,748 people receiving a COVID-19 shot in the last 24 hours. Marshall welcomed this morning’s news from the Federal Government that the TGA have approved Pfizer booster shots to be administered for teenagers aged 16 to 17.
Several restrictions are also set to ease as of 12:01am, helping re-ignite hospitality and move the state into post-COVID normality.
Hospitality’s density requirements will increase to 50 per cent indoors, welcoming more patrons dining inside as the seventh round of the support package for the industry kicks off. Seated consumption rules and outdoor dining density will remain the same.
“I know people in SA want to support the hospitality sector, this is their chance to go out and make those reservations,” Marshall said.
“There’s lots of things we can move but can’t move them all at once.
“The reason we moved these restrictions is to create jobs, there’s many people unemployed at the moment. I think we’ve got the balance right here and have confidence for further reductions in the coming weeks.”
Marshall continued to say that the state government will continue to look and consider other sectors, including gyms, and that the COVID-19 modelling suggests easing hospitality requirements will not create a second wave.
Pediatric elective surgery will also be permitted as of 12:01am. Marshall noted that surgery will not resume immediately, but this notice gives surgeons and families advance notice.
QR CODE CHECK-INS DISSOLVE
Lastly, the scope of requirements for QR check-ins will narrow. South Australians will no longer be required to check in to supermarkets and retail locations as of 12:01am. However, checking in to hospitality venues and high-risk settings will remain in place.
“We may be seen as conservative, but when you look at SA’s track record I think we can hold our heads up high,” said Stevens.
“The requirement for QR codes now is not as significant as it was
“Any circumstance where you purchase and consume on-premises will require QR codes and fitness centres will require QR codes.”
Stevens continued to confirm that the use of QR codes will be up to the discretion of the business if they fall into the sector that allows them to be removed.
Marshall stated that the COVID-ready committee had a positive meeting and that SA can expect to see an ease in restrictions fortnightly.
Premier Steven Marshall said the easing of restrictions was the next phase in South Australia’s strong omicron response plan to mitigate the health impacts of the pandemic threat while also protecting local jobs.
“The safe easing of these restrictions now is possible because of South Australia’s strong and decisive response to the global omicron outbreak, particularly the fast action we took on Boxing Day to slow the spread and flatten the curve,” said Marshall.
“I’ve said since day one of this pandemic, I don’t want to leave a restriction in place one day longer than it needs to be.
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