South Australia has reported 3246 new COVID-19 cases, another record daily result.

Premier Steven Marshall said 102 people are in hospital, up from 94 on Monday, with 12 of those in intensive care.

One person is on a ventilator.

Mr Marshall said the current hospital numbers are “well within our capacity” while the increase in case numbers is thought to be the flow-on from new year celebrations.

‘We put some pretty harsh restrictions in place to make sure we didn’t have a super spreader event on New Year’s Eve,’ the premier said.

‘It was a very subdued New Year’s Eve, it was a very safe New Year’s Eve. But we’re going to continue to see our numbers track up.’

Mr Marshall also revealed the arrival of 250,000 rapid antigen tests in SA, the first of 10 million the government has on order.

They will be used in hospitals and aged care settings but will not be made available to the general public.

The delivery follows a decision by a private pathology service to close four PCR testing sites in South Australia.

Mr Marshall said SA Pathology had the capacity to fill the shortfall as it concentrates its resources on people with virus symptoms.


Source: Daily Mail

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