Huge drop in Covid instances, girl in her 50s dies

SA has recorded a large lower in new Covid circumstances – down more than 1100 to 2921 circumstances, and one death. Meanwhile, shut contacts can get two free rapid exams from Thursday.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story is not being up to date. Go here for SA Covid updates from Wednesday, January 12.

SA has recorded an enormous drop in new Covid circumstances, down greater than 1100 on Tuesday to 2921, as Premier Steven Marshall mentioned the Omicron peak could be “short and sharp”.

Tragically, yet one more particular person has died – a lady in her 50s – whereas the variety of individuals in hospital has risen by 23 to 211, and 22 individuals are in intensive care, Mr Marshall said, with 4 on a ventilator.

Delivering the daily Covid update from isolation, Mr Marshall said SA had “avoided huge disaster” by introducing restrictions on December 26.

He stated cases had been “stabilising” but will increase could be expected earlier than SA hit the Omicron peak, which is anticipated in late January.

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Mr Marshall said an updated hospital plan would be released within the subsequent 24 to 48 hours, but promised about 500 additional ward beds and 60 dedicated ICU beds, to be prepared by the peak of the outbreak “which isn’t far off”.

There had been 18,433 Covid exams on Monday, whereas a booster-only vaccination centre at Mile End opens on Wednesday. About 700 self-reported fast tests have been despatched to SA Health.

Nearly 500 SA Health employees are on furlough and about 40 ambulance officers are Covid-positive.

From this Thursday, close contacts can register with SA Health after which select a testing site from which they will pick up their two free fast tests.

Mr Marshall said he hoped for more concrete news on the first day again at school, hopefully by Friday.

He mentioned the additional beds have been potential thanks to personal hospitals and cancelling of non-urgent elective surgery.

Yesterday, Mr Marshall mentioned the current Omicron wave was stabilising ahead of a “short and sharp” peak by the tip of the month.

He revealed “some real green shoots” as a doubling case fee had slowed to per week and mentioned restrictions had helped sluggish the unfold.

“It is nice information that the numbers are stabilising,” he said.

Mr Marshall last week had dinner together with his infectious daughter Georgie, 22, who’s doing nicely.

He had check outcomes within six hours as a end result of significance of his position and being a detailed contact with chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier and the media.

Service SA centres closed

Two Service SA centres will be closed for the rest of the week as a result of Covid-related workers shortages.

The Port Adelaide centre on Nile St, and Naracoorte website on Butler Tce, had been closed from Monday and are expected to reopen by the tip of the week as staff full isolation.

A spokesman from Service SA stated the Elizabeth also closed on Tuesday afternoon as a end result of similar employees shortages, but was expected to re-open on Monday morning.

The closure of the Naracoorte centre means anybody requiring in-person service must drive greater than an hour to Mt Gambier Service SA.

Reopening depends on how the Omicron outbreak impacts staff availability, a Service SA spokesman said.

“Customers are reminded that many Service SA companies can simply be completed online at service.sa.gov.au.”

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MONDAY JANUARY 10 UPDATE

There have been 4024 new cases of Covid in SA and two deaths announced on Monday.

The individuals who died while contaminated with the virus were a man in his 90s and a lady in her 80s.

Announcing the figures from his residence, where he remains in isolation, Premier Steven Marshall stated there have been 188 people in hospital, up from 176 on Sunday.

There at the second are 21 sufferers in intensive care and 4 are on a ventilator.

“We’re seeing an increase in hospitalisations … we’re not at the peak but,” Mr Marshall said, including that he anticipated the outbreak to peak around the finish of January.

Mr Marshall mentioned “some real green shoots” were emerging as a doubling case price had slowed to every week.

He said the Omicron peak could be “short and sharp” as restrictions slowed the spread.

“It is good information that the numbers are stabilising,” he stated.

“They will jump round but our ‘doubling rate’ is now the slowest in the country – an incredible turnaround in the past two weeks.”

SA Health’s senior management team was grilled by a parliamentary committee on Monday, the place they stated the agency would obtain simply 70,000 paediatric doses of the Pfizer vaccine this month – fewer than one dose for each two SA youngsters aged 5-11.

SA Health receives about half the vaccine supplies in SA, with other doses supplied directly to GPs and pharmacies.

While SA Health’s deputy chief stated there were some provide points with the vaccine, the federal authorities insists the pipeline of doses shall be sufficient to meet demand.

Mr Marshall said it was Canberra’s accountability to produce the paediatric vaccine, and he was assured each eligible baby would have the power to obtain their first dose in the next few weeks.

But he conceded it would be “a disruptive start of the year” for fogeys, college students and academics.

The second wave of business and hardship funds has now started for hospitality venues, gyms and other industries who’ve suffered a big downturn in commerce. 

Mr Marshall mentioned plans had been transferring quickly for speedy antigen checks (RATs) to switch PCR tests for preliminary prognosis. Information on how eligible patients can decide up RATs will be released within the next few days.

Workforce shortages and provide chain disruption are a problem throughout the nation, Mr Marshall said, however SA authorities have been working on plans to permit Covid-positive employees and close contacts “to go back to work in a controlled way” to ease these issues.

Amid reviews of panic-buying of supplies interstate, Mr Marshall stated “South Australians are higher than this”.

“Yes, there are going to be some shortages however we don’t have nearly the issues they are seeing interstate,” he said.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 has struck SA’s Parliament House with the parliamentary library closed for per week after a employees member tested optimistic for the virus.

And a constitution bus scheduled to go to the APY Lands was cancelled on Monday night after pre-departure screening in Adelaide revealed “an unacceptably excessive stage of Covid-19 instances among booked passengers”.

People are only permitted to enter the Lands if they have tested unfavorable to Covid.

There are three confirmed cases of Covid within the APY Lands and so they, together with 18 shut contacts, are isolating in Adelaide.

SUNDAY JANUARY 9 UPDATE

On Sunday, SA recorded one death and a new excessive of Covid circumstances, 4506 – although 336 of them are individuals who self-reported their end result after a constructive rapid test, Premier Steven Marshall mentioned.

In a Facebook video from his residence in isolation, Mr Marshall mentioned he had returned a adverse Covid check after becoming a detailed contact.

SA recorded a rise in hospitalisations to 176, 12 more than Saturday, with 18 people in intensive case, one in a important situation, “well within” SA’s hospital capabilities. One particular person has died, a person in his 90s.

Between 20 and 25 of the sufferers in hospital with Covid usually are not there for Covid-related causes, Mr Marshall mentioned. There have been 23,478 exams in SA on Saturday.

SA will move to fast exams for shut contacts and positive instances leaving isolation from Thursday.

“If you self-identify or have been recognized by the Communicable Diseases Control Branch as a detailed contact, you’re going to get two free rapid antigen checks – one for day one and one for day six,” Mr Marshall said.

“There isn’t any requirement from Thursday for a affirmation PCR check for anyone who returns a optimistic on their RAT.”

Health Minister Stephen Wade mentioned the Covid Ready Committee was “united on a desirability” for the varsity 12 months to start as deliberate with face-to-face studying however wouldn’t be drawn on whether or not this was locked in.

“That’s the work we’ve got to do that week,” he stated.

There are greater than 400 individuals in SA Health who’re Covid-positive, that means 679 SA Health workers were now both positive or furloughed.

NSW recorded its deadliest day so far in the Covid pandemic, with 16 folks dying with the virus. It recorded 30,062 circumstances, Victoria 44,155 and four deaths, whereas Queensland’s cases skyrocketed after it added self-reported RAT results to its tally on Sunday, totalling 18,000.

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