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Woman in her 40s among two new COVID deaths

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A woman in her 40s has died with COVID-19 in South Australia among two new deaths, with the case to be referred to the coroner for investigation.

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The other case is a man aged in his 70s who was in an aged care facility.

The state recorded 2009 new COVID cases in the 24 hours to midnight, which Premier Steven Marshall described as “the lowest we’ve seen for a very long period of time” – however that came from a low day of testing, with 9756 PCR tests conducted and 4005 RAT kits administered, a 20.8 per cent testing decrease on the previous day.

The 2009 positive cases were comprised of 1469 PCR tests and 540 RATs.

The number of people in hospital remains steady however, with 294 cases currently hospitalised, 29 of whom are in intensive care and six on ventilators.

Marshall said 3508 people recovered from COVID in the past 24 hours, arguing “we’re really reducing the number of active cases by thousands each week”.

There are 27,991 active cases in South Australia.

Marshall said there were “no delays in getting a PCR test in SA at the moment”, urging people “if they have any symptoms whatsoever go and have that PCR test”.

The Premier said the state’s COVID-Ready Committee would this week “be looking at a range of topics… as to how we may set about easing restrictions in SA”, with new modelling to be assessed of the likely impact of various measures.

He was coy about what, if any, changes would be made, but said the committee would be “looking at elective surgery… not to remove the ban completely but just looking at the pathway to easing the ban”.

“Clearly we have other restrictions in place – density restrictions, the number of people allowed at work, caps at home – these are all things we’ll be having a look at,” he said.

However, he added that “we can’t remove all restrictions at the same time”, arguing: “That will just lead to a second and damaging wave in SA.”

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