This morning Premier Steven Marshall, Police Commissioner Grant Stevens and Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier held a press conference to give an update on the State’s COVID-19 situation.
This follows an emergency directions meeting this morning to discuss tightening SA’s border with NSW and Victoria, as numbers of Omicron cases grow.
Premier Marshall said that there will be no immediate change to borders, but they remain extraordinarily concerned. They’ve already increased requirements for international arrivals with travellers now having an extended quarantine period, from 7 to 14 days, but they’ve now implemented another speed bump to keep the State safe.
All New South Wales, Victorian and ACT arrivals will require a COVID-19 test on arrival, and will have to isolate until test results come. At the moment there’s about a 4-5 hours turnaround time for results.
This is in addition to the existing proof of a negative test on arrival (which was conduced in the 72 hours prior to arrival).
The 2nd speed bump implemented for NSW, VIC and ACT arrivals, is the requirement for a second test on day 6.
This comes into effect immediately.
The Premier went on to say, “As the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, we need to know more about severity of symptoms and how effective our current vaccination will be. We’ll have extremely regular directions meetings to discuss this ongoing.”
He then stressed that this has nothing to do with Delta. It has got everything to do with the Omicron variant. His strong message was that if you haven’t been vaccinated, now is the time to get vaccinated.
If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19