SA Supervisor tests COVID positive as daily cases fluctuate to new record

South Australia has reported 2,552 new COVID-19 infections – with the state opposition leader revealing that he is among them – as authorities change their definition of “close contact”.

Cases of coronavirus and hospitalizations continue to increase in South Australia with another new daily record and a warning that the current surge has yet to reach its peak.

Prime Minister Steven Marshall said on Monday that 94 people were now in hospital, from 82 on Sunday, with nine of those in intensive care.

The prime minister also warned that cases would continue to increase with the peak of daily infections, not likely until later in January.

“We are still not near the top in our state. We are seeing great upheavals in other parts of the world, in other parts of the country,” Marshall said.

“We do not have a projection in terms of the figures, but we do have forecasts that will come back to us at the end of the week in relation to what that peak date is likely to be.

“I believe it will definitely be before the end of January.”

But the prime minister said regarding the Omicron strain of the virus, “no one has a crystal ball”.

“We’ve worked very hard to make sure we can get on top of that,” he said.

“It has really been a very stressful time for the people of our state.”

The new virus cases on Monday included that of opposition leader Peter Malinauskas who reported that he was feeling well but with minor cold-like symptoms.

He did not say how he could have contracted the disease, but said his wife Annabel and her three children were all testing negative.

“This is an experience I now share with thousands of other South Australians,” he said in a statement.

“My thoughts have been affected by this pandemic in every South Australia, whether it is those who have tested positive, those in isolation, families with ruined holidays, through to those companies and workers who are struggling with the full impact of restrictions. “

Marshall said that SA’s efforts to slow down the spread of the Omicron variant would continue to put people in isolation where necessary.

“Nobody wants to get COVID, so people who very, very likely have it in isolation are the right thing to do,” he said.

As such, SA moved to clarify the definition of close contacts, which now includes everyone in face-to-face, unmasked inside contact with a COVID-19 positive case for more than 15 minutes.

The prime minister said it was very likely that people in those circumstances would test positive for the virus.

The revised definition was next to those people who are close contacts as family members or intimate partners or those people who are considered at higher risk because they attended a specific place.

All close contacts are required to insulate and test.

“This is the last piece of the puzzle, the last piece of advice that people have been looking for,” Marshall said.

“I think this gives the clarity that people were looking for.”

-AAP

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