Premier Steven Marshall addressed the South Australian public this morning with the latest information on the evolving COVID-19 situation in SA.
Marshall said there has been another drop in cases today with 2,062 new cases of COVID-19 detected in SA. This is the lowest number recorded this year.
“This is more proof that we are at or slightly past the peak in South Australia at the moment,” Marshall said.
Of these cases, 1809 were from PCR tests and 253 were from rapid antigen tests (RATs).
There have been no new deaths, with hospitalisations decreasing to 278 which is below the five-day average. There is currently 24 people in ICU and six on ventilators.
He said there were 12,316 PCR tests taken yesterday and he did not have the number of RATs collected.
He reiterated that the best thing South Australians can do at the moment is get vaccinated.
“We know that the numbers in ICU are massively overrepresented by those people who are not fully vaccinated,” he said.
He said a few weeks ago there was a far greater demand than supply in vaccinations, but it is now the other way around.
He commented on a situation were a graduate nurse under supervision of a senior nurse had been left in charge of a hospital ward, saying that this is not standard practise, and their focus is to not put nurses in these situations.
On elective surgery, Marshall stated that he believes every state in the entire country has a ban on elective surgery.
“We are a state that put that in early, but we will be looking to restore elective surgery as quickly as possible,” he said.
Currently in SA there is a ban on all but urgent elective surgery.
He said Wayville vaccination clinic is now open for paediatric doses without a booking necessary.
Marshall stated that they are really wanting to push 12-15 year old’s to get their jab as this is an age group that is lagging.
Commenting on the booster jab for 16 to 17 year olds, Marshall said ATAGI is considering whether this age group can receive a Pfizer booster and we will hear more on this in a few days.
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