South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 situation.
Increase In Recovery
120 of South Australia’s 415 COVID-19 cases have recovered, with more people recovering than being infected.
Regardless, this not the time to be complacent, with the Premier urging South Australians to remain at home.
Free Flu Shot For Eligible
South Australians eligible for a free influenza vaccine through the National Immunisation Program are being encouraged to immediately contact their immunisation provider to book in for a flu shot.
Premier Steven Marshall said 233,000 doses of the vaccine have been distributed to immunisation providers in the first two weeks of the rollout which will bolster the State Government’s strong plan to minimise the health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on South Australians.
“This year more than any other it is very important that vulnerable South Australians take advantage of the free flu vaccination this year,” said Premier Steven Marshall.
“In another critical component of the State Government’s strong plan to control the coronavirus pandemic, frontline SA Health workers will again be eligible for a free flu vaccination this year.
“We need to do everything possible to protect our frontline health workers who are putting themselves at risk to care for us all.”
Through the National Immunisation Program (NIP), free flu vaccines are available for everyone aged over 65, pregnant women, all children aged six months to less than five years of age, all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged over six months and people with medical conditions that predispose them to complications from the flu.
Adults and children who are homeless and are not eligible for free flu vaccines under the NIP, are now eligible to receive influenza vaccines for free under the new State Funded Influenza Program.
As of 6 April, there have been 1,447 cases of the flu notified to the Communicable Disease and Control Branch this year, compared to 4,533 at the same time last year.
Stay Home This Easter
There should be no excessive travel into regional areas and it is critical that social distancing is continued.
More to come.
- One new COVID-19 case for SA today, no public health riskToday’s case is a man in his 30s who recently returned from overseas and has been in a medi-hotel since his arrival.
- South Australians may soon be able to travel to New ZealandThe Premier has written to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern seeking “reciprocal rights” to South Australians wanting to travel to New Zealand.
- No new COVID-19 cases recorded in SA todayThere are eight active cases in SA, and 472 people have been cleared of COVID-19.
- SA opens border to New Zealand travellersThose who are travelling from NZ will now be able to enter SA with no requirement to quarantine for 14 days.
- SA’s active cases remain at eight with no new cases foundThere are eight active cases in SA and 472 people have been cleared of COVID-19. There have been four reported deaths from COVID-19. More than 517,500 tests have been undertaken.