COVID-19

SA Health warn COVID case numbers could rise as a new sub variant is detected

SA Health and Nicola Spurrier have addressed the media today to inform of a new Covid-19 variant detected in the state and to announce a new modelling.

Chief Public Health Officer for SA Health Nicola Spurrier has addressed the media with updates to the current COVID-19 modelling and has warned South Australians to not become complacent in regards to COVID-19 with the detection of the BA5 variant taking over NSW and Victoria now detected in SA.

Professor Spurrier advised South Australians to be cautious and remember that COVID-19 is still definitely in the community.

“People need to be reminded that just because you have had COVID that you’re not invincible. It is possible to get it again, especially with new variants. Keep practising good behaviours to protect those in vulnerable situations,” she said.

“The pandemic is not over. We’re still facing huge pressure on our health system and we want to share with you the latest modelling.

“This new modelling will be the most uncertain yet,” Professor Spurrier continued. “In the past when we had our state borders shut, we had time to see what these variants would look like. We don’t have that luxury anymore in order to inform our modelling. Because we’ve had more people with covid across the world, it becomes much more complex to model that.

The full modelling will be listed on the SA Health website later today.

As of today, there are currently 16,162 active Covid-19 cases with 2270 new cases in the past 24 hours and 230 in hospital.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please seek testing as soon as possible.

Find your nearest testing site at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/COVIDtesting.

For more information visit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/ or call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787


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