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South Australia records 2100 cases as hospitalisations from Covid surge

South Australia recorded 2100 new Covid cases on Saturday amid a significant jump in hospitalisations and a warning the peak is “weeks away”.

In the 24 hours to midnight there were 71 people in hospital with the virus, up from 40 the day before.

A 34-year-old woman is the latest person admitted to intensive care with Covid.

Overall, four people are in intensive care.

“Unfortunately, we have seen quite a surge in terms of hospital admissions yesterday,” Premier Steve Marshall said on Saturday.

“This is quite a significant increase on where we were at the day before.

“We are very happy though, that we still only have four people in ICU.”

Covid Testing Lines
Camera IconSouth Australia has seen a spike in Covid hospital admissions. Photo: Kelly Barnes Credit: News Corp Australia

A sample of Covid patients in South Australian hospitals has revealed 36 of 39 have the Omicron strain, while three have the Delta strain, Mr Marshall said.

“Omicron is really the dominant by far in South Australia at the moment, like it is right around the country and increasingly right around the world.”

However, the premier cautioned the state was “still weeks away from the peak”.

It came as a worker at the Port Augusta Sobering Up Unit tested positive for the virus, along with three clients living at the facility.

It is believed there could be between 30 and 50 close contacts, Mr Marshall said.

“We’re rushing to try to get that very vulnerable community into the appropriate setting so that we can continue to care for them,” he said.

Adelaide Pre-Release Centre
Camera IconPositive Covid cases have been found at three of the state’s jails. MATT LOXTON Credit: News Corp Australia

Thirty-six people in the state’s jails are also Covid positive.

The positive cases are at the Adelaide Pre-release Centre, the Adelaide Women’s Prison and Mobilong Prison.

The sites have been locked down while contract tracing is underway, with face-to-face professional visits suspended for now.

“We’re putting in plans to make sure we can manage this,” Mr Marshall said.

The latest data comes amid a near record in testing, with more than 23,790 tests conducted on Friday.

South Australia recorded 2093 positive cases on Friday and revealed two aged care residents had died with the virus.

Covid Testing Lines
Camera IconMost Covid cases in South Australian hospitals have the Omicron strain. Photo Kelly Barnes Credit: News Corp Australia

It follows the death of a Covid-positive child under the age of two.

From today, the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated international arrivals into South Australia has been scrapped.

People entering the state will also no longer need to complete an EntryCheck SA travel application or to do a rapid antigen test before coming.

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