SA Health releases statement about South Australia strains

Results from positive PCR samples in South Australia have found two recently described Omicron variants of COVID-19.

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Tonight SA Health provided an update on the COVID-19 variants found across South Australia and have identified additional variants in travellers.

Latest whole genome sequencing results from positive PCR samples in South Australia have found two of the more recently described Omicron variants of COVID-19.

Of samples reported last week, one case of BA.4 and one case of BA.5 has been identified, both in international travellers.

While this is the first time BA.4 and BA.5 have been detected in South Australia, with international boarders open, it is not unexpected to see new variants across the state and Australia.

These variants have also recently been detected interstate.

Two positive cases have previously been reported as part of daily numbers, but genome sequencing is only undertaken on a small sample and results can take several days to be collated and reported.

Currently 95.5% of eligible South Australians aged 12+ have received their first dose of the vaccine and 93.4% have received their second dose.

Boosters have been administered to 71.8% of eligible South Australians and 65.7% of South Australians aged 16+.

SA Health can confirm two women in their 70s and a woman in her 80s, who tested positive for COVID-19, have passed away.

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