Four COVID-19 deaths in SA, but falls in positive cases and hospitalizations


Another four people have died from COVID-19 in southern Australia.

One of them was a woman in the 80s, while the others were two women in the 90s and a man in the 90s.

There are 236 people in the hospital – a drop of 10 from Friday’s figures – including 26 patients in the intensive care unit and seven in respirators.

SA has registered 4,349 new positive COVID-19 cases, a decrease from yesterday’s total of 5,679.

Friday’s numbers were high due to a delay in the processing of tests, while test clinics were closed due to hot weather.

The result also included rapid antigen testing (RATs) for the first time.

18,514 PCR tests were performed on Friday.

About 10,000 RAT kits were collected from SA Health for close contacts, yielding 1,242 positive results.

“The great thing about this is because you get the positive result on RAT right away, people go into that isolation – they know they got the positive case 24 hours before that PCR test, so it’s a positive step. “said Prime Minister Steven Marshall.

A RAT distribution site opens in Riverland tomorrow.

During SA’s Omicron modeling, daily cases are expected to peak in the range of 6,000 to 10,000 between today and 25 January.

Four COVID-19 deaths in SA, but falls in positive cases and hospitalizations
A driver is handed a quick antigen test at Adelaide’s RAT distribution point in the southern parkland. January 13, 2022 (ABC News: Michael Clements)

Concerns that nursing homes restrict visitors

With COVID-19 cases reported in a large number of nursing homes, Mr Marshall said the government had received complaints from family members about restrictions on visitors.

He declined to say operators were doing “the wrong thing” in restricting visitors, but SA Health will give him a report on the sector’s visitor restrictions on Monday.

He said there was no state-mandated restriction on visitors to facilities with a vaccination rate above 70 per cent – “basically all” – except in the first 24 hours of a declared outbreak.

“There are some families who are concerned who are afraid of the current restrictions on visitors,” he said.

Several vaccination sites for children ages 5-11 have been opened at the Mass Vaccination Center at the Adelaide Showground this weekend, while the Enfield site will be a child vaccination site from Monday.

Pharmacists and GPs will be offered a $ 15 bonus in Adelaide and $ 20 per country in the country. jab to hit their target, an initiative worth up to $ 1 million, Mr Marshall said.

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